BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the 35-car M/V Acadia ferry was taken out of service at the Plaquemine ferry landing this afternoon because of a broken rudder.
DOTD is in the process of moving the 17-car M/V Feliciana ferry from the White Castle landing to replace the M/V Acadia ferry at the Plaquemine landing. Service at the Plaquemine landing will resume by 7 p.m. tonight.
Service at the White Castle location has been suspended. Service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Vehicle restrictions for the smaller vessel are no trailers, no more than two axles, and no more than six wheels. Large trucks and trailers should use the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge.
The operating hours for the Plaquemine ferry are 5 a.m. - 9 p.m., seven days a week. The 17-car White Castle ferry’s regular hours are from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Before traveling, drivers should call the Ferry Toll-Free Information line at 1-888-613-3779 for the status of DOTD ferries, or visit the "Ferry Status" page on the right-hand side of the DOTD Web site.
Drivers can also access updates on the Plaquemine and White Castle ferries through Twitter by visiting http://twitter.com/PlaquemineFerry or http://twitter.com/WhCastle_Ferry.