White Castle ferry to return to service at 3:30 p.m. today

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the White Castle ferry will return to service at 3:30 p.m. today.

The ferry has been out of service to allow crews to make repairs to the ferry's propeller shaft. Service was expected to resume in mid-September after crews completed repairs to the ferry's propeller shaft; however, delays in acquiring a dry-dock at the ship yard, the discovery of additional necessary repairs, and Hurricane Isaac's landfall caused the return-to-service date to be delayed.

The ferry will operate its regular hours 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 can call the Toll-Free Ferry Information line at 1-888-613-3779 for the status of the ferry, or visit the "Ferry Status" page on the right-hand side of the DOTD website.

Drivers can also access updates on the ferry through Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/WhCastle_Ferry. By creating a Twitter account, drivers can receive automatic updates on the ferry's status via their Twitter Web page or text message.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state's aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.