Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
South Green River Ferry Road from the intersection with Mammoth Cave Entrance Road to the Green River Ferry parking lot will be closed to all traffic on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15. Visitors will not be able to access the Echo River Springs Trail trailhead or the temporary canoe and kayak ramp in the Green River Ferry parking lot during the two day closure. The closure is in effect so that a newly updated ferry boat can be launched into the Green River Ferry crossing area.
The Green River Ferry shuttles vehicles across the Green River 364 days a year and transports approximately 95,000 vehicles from one side of the Green River to the other. The updated ferry boat has been retrofitted to improve safety and operational efficiency of the ferry service. The new boat will sit higher in the water, carry up to 12 tons of weight, and have longer ramps to reach further up the shoreline. The new ferry will also provide seating and bike storage for hikers and bicyclists and should be able to accommodate some horse trailers.
The refurbished ferry boat will begin regular operations once the Green River Ferry improvement projects are completed in spring 2020. The ferry crossing improvement project will extend the Green River Ferry vehicle access ramps into the Green River by 30 feet which should allow the ferry boat to operate during periods of low water levels.