BREAKING NEWS: Ferry service resumes after two-month shutdown

Michael Jacobs

Commuters from Plaquemine and the Sunshine/St. Gabriel areas breathed a sigh of relief this morning as ferry service resumed after a shutdown of nearly two months.

The ferry boat Ascension, which has a 35-vehicle capacity, re-opened early Friday morning to accommodate the hundreds of commuters from both sides of the Mississippi River.

The state Department of Transportation and Development suspended ferry service in areas across south Louisiana following damage from Hurricane Gustav on Sept. 1.

Ferry runs will begin on the half hour and hour from the westbank, beginning at 5 a.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m. Commutes from the eastbank will run on the quarter-hour and three-quarter-hours from 5:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

A toll of one dollar is charged for commutes from the eastbank.

The White Castle-Carville ferry remains closed.