Illinois DOT Recapitalizes River Ferry Fleet
By Greg Jose
Nestled between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers north of St. Louis, Calhoun County is a picturesque rural peninsula of rolling hills, cornfields and peach orchards. Surrounded by river for all but a 17-mile-wide strip of land at its far north, the county is a virtual island, with a single bridge and four vehicle-ferry routes serving as its only other connections to the mainland.
Two of these ferry routes are free to users, and operated 24/7 by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Brussels Ferry is located about one mile west of Grafton, near the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge and the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The Kampsville Ferry operates from the town of Kampsville in the northern part of the county. …. (Read Full Article)