Large Plaquemine ferry back in service
Friday, February 02, 2007 at 12:00:00 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that the 35-car Plaquemine ferry has returned to service. The boat-trailer restriction has also been lifted and boat trailers are again allowed on the 35-car ferry. 

A 17-car White Castle ferry had been operating in Plaquemine while the larger ferry was being fixed to replace a broken propeller.

The Plaquemine ferry continues to run one hour earlier each day, from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., to help provide passage for drivers that would normally use the White Castle ferry. The White Castle ferry closed Dec. 18 because of a shortage of licensed marine engineers needed to operate the ferry. DOTD is still trying to fill vacant positions for the White Castle ferry, said Vince Latino, DOTD Engineer for Fleet and Movable Bridge Maintenance.