HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — A ferry that is the only direct route between Kentucky and Missouri has reopened after being out of service for several weeks while engine repairs were made.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry reopened Thursday afternoon on the regular summer operating schedule, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

The ferry connects Kentucky 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri. It also provides an alternate route during the extended closure of the U.S. 51, U.S. 60, U.S. 62 and the Ohio River “Cairo" Bridge.

Missouri and Kentucky are the only border states that are not directly connected by a road or bridge.

The ferry is operated by the Mississippi County Port Authority with funding support from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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