DOTD makes additional schedule changes to Plaquemine ferry operation
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:38:20 AM
Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that because of heavy traffic volume due to the continued closure of the Sunshine Bridge, the Plaquemine ferries will operate an extended schedule.

During the duration of the Sunshine Bridge closure, additional ferry service hours will be:

• Monday thru Friday, a second boat will run from 5:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Monday thru Friday, the first boat will run 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m..
• Saturday and Sunday, the first boat will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday: the second boat will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m

Motorists are also encouraged to use the Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate river crossing.

The Sunshine Bridge/LA 70 remains closed indefinitely due to the damage caused by a barge collision Friday morning. DOTD will continue to monitor traffic patterns and adjust the ferry schedule accordingly.

Call 511 or visit for additional travel information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-800-ROAD-511 (1-800-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at, by selecting MYDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.