MAMMOTH CAVE – Mammoth Cave National Park’s planned closure of the Green River Ferry Crossing and Green River Ferry Road for a vehicle ramp extension project has been delayed until Monday, July 8 due to changes in the contractor’s construction timeline. The three week delay in the start date will not change the construction schedule’s end date, though, which remains Friday, Nov. 15.

 “We have been working closely with our contractor who felt they would not reasonably be able to begin the construction project on the June 17 start date that was originally determined in contract negotiations,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “While we are disappointed that we are unable to get the project underway as planned, we know that the slight delay will allow the Green River Ferry Crossing and parking area to be open and accessible during the busy July 4 holiday weekend. This should ease some parking congestion for canoers and kayakers who are planning to access the river and will make it more convenient for visitors who are traveling to the north side of the park for the hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails found there.”

 The Green River Ferry ramp extension project will extend the current vehicle access ramps into the Green River by 30 feet which should allow the ferry boat to operate during periods of low water levels. The project is being coordinated by the park with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Lands Highway Division.

 For more information on the Green River Ferry Crossing improvement projects and the Green River Ferry and road closure, please visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/maca/green-river-ferry-improvement-projects.htm or call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166 for current ferry operating status.