Closures coming to Plaquemine ferry and Intracoastal Bridge

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There are two big closures coming to important modes of transportation in the Baton Rouge area. 

The Plaquemine ferry is going to be closed for a short time on Wednesday morning. 

DOTD went into detail about the short term closure below:

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that the Plaquemine ferry is expected to close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24 for approximately two hours. This closure is necessary for crews to move traffic to the uppermost loading ramp due to rising water in the Mississippi River. The ramp must be moved once the river reaches approximately 40’, and the river is forecast to crest at 41.5’ on May 9. 

Once the ramp is moved and ferry service resumes, DOTD will enforce the following high-water restrictions:

No large trucks (e.g., dump trucks)

  • No buses
  • No trailers

As a reminder, the normal ferry hours are as follows:
Monday through Friday, the first boat runs from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Monday through Friday, the second boat runs from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, one boat runs from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

When two ferries are in operation, they are scheduled to depart every 15 minutes. When there is only one, it leaves every 30 minutes (departs Plaquemine at :00 and :30, Sunshine at :15 and :45).

Starting on Tuesday night, drivers who use the Northbound lane on the Intracoastal Bridge will experience alternating lane closures. 

DOTD provided information about those alternating lane closures below:


Port Allen Bridge Interim Repairs, West Baton Rouge Parish
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:13 AM
Beginning on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7 PM, and ending on Wednesday, April 24th at 4 AM, there will be alternating lane closures on the Northbound Intracoastal Bridge. These closures are needed for bridge joint sealing and cleanup.

In addition, beginning on Wednesday night, April 24th, at 7:00 PM, and ending on Thursday morning, April 25th, at 4:00 AM, alternating lane closures will continue on the Southbound Intercoastal bridge for joint sealing and cleanup.

Permit load restrictions will be up to 12 feet wide; anything over, please contact the Permit office.

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