Dentist volunteers to ferry commuters during Milton-Madison closure
MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Milton-Madison bridge will remain closed until at least the end of the month and maybe longer, according to transportation officials.
The work means US 421 is still closed to traffic, forcing commuters to go about 20 miles upstream, or down to Louisville to cross.
The commute is putting a real strain on many, but there is still one way to make the trip across the Ohio River in just a few minutes, thanks to the generosity of a Madison dentist.
It's not your traditional car pool, and it's certainly not for everyone. But thanks to a man who says he simply loves the river, the commute has been made a whole lot easier.
For the brave passengers, it beats the now hour-and-a-half it takes by car.
"It's a lot shorter, a little bumpier, a little chillier, but it's certainly worth it," said Carla Goins who works in Kentucky and lives in Indiana. "It saves us time, it saves us money, and it's a fun adventure to cross the river."
At the helm, Bob Canida, a man who grew up along the river and simply loves everything about it. He's also an extremely giving man. Those who know him say he is always working on some kind of mission or charity.
"He is such a kind man. Everybody really appreciates what he's doing," said Kentucky resident Amber Smith. "He's just doing it out of the sweetness of his heart."
Canida uses his speed boat to transport passengers to and from. He makes four trips every morning, and four trips in the evening.
"It's not really the best boat to be doing this with, but that's what we have," said Canida.
With the help of a friend, Canida takes the boat out of storage and tows it to the boat launch in Madison every morning and every evening.
And in return, the full time dentist--part-time captain--asks for nothing.
"You couldn't hire me. You couldn't make me sign a contract. It's something we love to do," said Canida. When asked about the cost of gas, he shrugs it off. "We can pay for the gas. That's not a big issue."
Because as Canada sees it, the journey is part of the fun.
"Life doesn't go on forever," said the 64-year-old. "You don't want to pass things by."
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