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Anderson Ferry use up amid Brent Spence work, driving delays

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Anderson Ferry is seeing an uptick in business as the Brent Spence Bridge undergoes renovations and lane closures this summer.

Monday was the first work day where commuters had to cope with lengthy delays as they squeezed into two from four lanes across the bridge.

Some motorists got out of their cars and hit the Ohio River.

Business was so busy on the Anderson Ferry Monday morning, two boats instead of one ran a half hour early to keep up with demand, said Paul Anderson, ferry owner.

 “I’m glad to see the extra business,” he said.

The company planned to test operating all three of its ferries during the commute home Monday night.

The ferry may provide a solution for some drivers, but local fire officials can't take to the water.

They are still struggling along the congested highway and bridge as they respond to calls.

However, Covington and Cincinnati fire crews have crafted an emergency plan that will help their crews quickly respond to incidents on the bridge.

Crews will use ramps that are currently closed due to the renovations to quickly reach victims of car crashes and others needing immediate medical assistance, said Assistant Covington FIre Chief Chris Black.

They also will travel across the Clay Wade Bailey or Roebling bridges to get patients to hospitals.

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