Grosse Tete pedestrian ferry to temporarily replace damaged bridge

GROSSE TETE — The Iberville Parish Government hopes to have the Grosse Tete Bridge pedestrian ferry operational by the end of the week.

Iberville Parish government officials met with the DOTD and U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday to discuss implementing the ferry. The DOTD and USCG voiced concerns regarding the complexity of implementing a ferry service for vehicles in a location that has never been established. 

The DOTD estimates that the Grosse Tete Bridge project could take three to six months to complete. 

The Grosse Tete drawbridge closed after a tugboat pushing barges crashed into the bridge on June 6.

Officials say the crash happened as the bridge opened to allow boats through. The tugboat did not come to a complete stop before the drawbridge opened. The collision left cracks in the cement, shutting it down.

The tentative operating hours for the ferry will be from 5- 9 a.m. and 3 – 8 p.m., seven days a week. Iberville Parish officials say the hours may adjust over time, particularly when school starts in August. The goal is to have the ferry operational by Thursday.

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