Ferry to transport farm equipment during Shawneetown Bridge project

Ferry to transport farm equipment during Shawneetown Bridge project

ILLINOIS - KENTUCKY (WFIE) - What do you do when construction shuts down a well-traveled bridge?

To assist farmers with their heavy equipment during a construction project, a ferry is actually underneath the Shawneetown Bridge, helping them transport their load.

This whole thing started on land, with a deck rehabilitation project. Right now, traffic is down to one lane while crews pour concrete. This is a rural area, connecting Gallatin County, Illinois to Union County, Kentucky and that means farmers are also trying to use the roads.

"We have a 10 foot load width restriction on the bridge. That prohibits almost all farm equipment from crossing the bridge," said Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Department.

Because there's no room, the farmer's are getting across another way.

"We have about 40 farmers here who have land in both Illinois and Kentucky and they have to move very large equipment back and forth across the river."

This comes at a critical period of crop season, so the ferry will be available to the farmers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"We're going to have some nighttime projects. We had one Wednesday night, we'll also have one Thursday night, where traffic will be slowed to about 20 miles an hour, from about 10 p.m. to about 5 a.m."

This construction project is slated to finish by the end of September.

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