White Castle ferry closing permanently June 28

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reminds motorists that the White Castle ferry will close permanently on Friday, June 28 based on recommendations from the Streamlining Committee citing low ferry ridership and a reasonable alternative river crossing.

These recommendations were approved by the Legislature and closing the ferry will save the state approximately $1.3 million per year.

In the past few years, DOTD has begun to implement the Streamlining Commission’s recommendations to close specific ferries that do not provide state or regional transportation connectivity and are primarily local transit services.

The state closed the St. Francisville, which received a brand new bridge, and Melville ferries, saving Louisiana taxpayers approximately $2.7 million.

In addition to the White Castle ferry, the Edgard/Reserve ferry is scheduled for closure in 2013. Closing these ferries will save taxpayers more than $3.5 million a year combined.

Operations will continue as normal until the date of closure. The ferry operates from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

After June 28, motorists wishing to cross the river will need to take an alternate route. The nearest river crossing is nearly 20 minutes north of the ferry landing via the Plaquemine ferry or 30 minutes south at the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish.