Grosse Tete Bridge
Grosse Tete Bridge

Significant damage to Grosse Tete bridge shuts it down after tugboat collision

GROSSE TETE — The Grosse Tete drawbridge in Iberville Parish is shut down until further notice after an early morning crash with a tugboat.

It was around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024, when the tugboat pushing barges crashed into the Grosse Tete drawbridge.

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said it happened as the bridge was opening to allow boats through. He added the tugboat did not come to a complete stop prior to the drawbridge opening. The crash left cracks in the cement shutting it down.

No vehicles were on the bridge at the time of the crash. The drawbridge is currently shut down between Grosse Tete and Plaquemine in Iberville Parish to traffic until further notice. That now requires drivers to go through Port Allen to get from Grosse Tete to Plaquemine.

“This bridge has a lot of traffic but with the significant damage, it’s going to cause a lot of drivers lots of headaches,” said Sheriff Stassi.

Along with IPSO, the Louisiana Dept. of Transportation & Development is investigating the cause of the accident. At this time, it’s unclear what led up to the crash.

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