EAST PRAIRIE -The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has halted operation for the next six weeks. But when it returns around the first of the new year, it should be better than ever.
The ferry closed at the end of its business day Wednesday to allow the boat to be sent to a shipyard in St. Louis where new engines will be installed.
During the six weeks the ferry is expected to remain out of operation, a mile and a half crossing of the Mississippi River from Missouri to Kentucky becomes an 85 mile drive around via the Mississippi and Ohio River bridges at Cairo, Ill. A detour via the I-155 Mississippi River Bridge at Dyersburg, TN, requires a 127 mile trip by highway.
Floyd said he expects the Dorena-Hickman Ferry to be closed until about the first of the year for the engine replacement work.
For more on this story see Thursday's Standard Democrat.