Grosse Tete ferry carrying pedestrians only

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - People may have heard there was a ferry operating at the Grosse Tete bridge, but it was pedestrians only.

Crews began using boats to bring people across during peak times in the morning and afternoon on the waterway. Iberville Parish debuties say people will need to provide their own transportation on both sides of the river, but there will be secure parking available.

"It's a convenience for now, but we really need a ferry," says Resident Donna Sanchez. "We need something we can cross, because this is just at set times, you can only come early in the morning and in the evening. After that it's messed up, because you can't go either way unless you have your own boat.."

The Grosse Tete bridge shut down after a barge destroyed nearly 50 feet of the apron on one side on Feb. 28. An entire section of the concrete structure shifted about six inches. The bridge is expected to take a couple of months to repair.

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