Valley View Ferry reopens on regular schedule

Valley View Ferry

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Valley View Ferry reopened on its regular schedule Thursday after being closed the day before for maintenance.

The paddlewheel ferry shuttles vehicles across the Kentucky River between Jessamine and Madison counties.

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The Valley View Ferry is located on the Kentucky River at Tates Creek Rd (KY-169) at the Fayette, Jessamine and Madison County line.

From Lexington (Fayette County) intersection of Tates Creek Rd and New Circle Rd, take KY-1974 South (Tates Creek Rd) for approximately 11 miles to the Kentucky River.

From Nicholasville (Jessamine County) intersection of Main St and Richmond Ave, take KY-169 South for approximately 10 miles to the Kentucky River.

From Richmond (Madison County) intersection of W Main St and Tates Creek Rd, take KY-169 North for approximately 13 miles to the Kentucky River.

The Valley View Ferry is a free service.  It operates with funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the fiscal courts of Madison and Jessamine counties and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

The ferry is managed by the Valley View Ferry Authority, composed of citizens and government officials from the three counties served.



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