Plaquemine Ferry service suspended starting Monday
Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12:24:24 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced today that the Plaquemine Ferry service will be suspended starting Monday, Jan. 18 due to high Mississippi River stages.

DOTD will be monitoring the conditions closely over the weekend, and in the event that the river rises to a level that makes it unsafe to operate, the Department will alert the public if closure earlier than Monday, Jan. 18 becomes necessary.

On Jan. 8, DOTD crews built a higher elevation approach that allowed the ferry to remain open an additional week. It will also allow the ferry to reopen roughly one week sooner once the river levels fall.

Based on the current river stage forecast, DOTD expects to resume service by Jan. 28, but that will depend on field conditions.

Before traveling drivers are urged to call the toll-free Ferry Information line at 1 (888) 613-3779 for the status of the ferry, or visit the “Ferry Status” page on DOTD’s website.

Drivers can also access updates on the ferry through Twitter: @PlaquemineFerry.

For more information, email, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).