PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - An additional ferry at the Plaquemine landing will run during peak travel times in the afternoon to help traffic from backing up on La. 1 and the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Starting Monday, April 20, the extra ferry will run Monday through Friday from 3:15 to 7:15 p.m. in addition to the new hours of operation at the landing.
The main ferry will now run Monday through Friday 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The new hours were adjusted to keep the extra ferry from impacting the budget. The additional ferry will allow up to 120 more vehicles per hour to travel across the Mississippi River.
The change is part of the DOTD's efforts to improve traffic flow on the I-10, La. 1 and U.S. 190 corridors.
Other changes include signal synchronization throughout the La. 1 corridor between Plaquemine and U.S. 190, adding a message board on La. 1 northbound bound to give travel times for both bridges across the Mississippi River and expanding the Baton Rouge Regional Motorists Assistance Patrol and Tow Program to La. 415 between U.S. 190 and I-10, and La. 1 between U.S. 190 and the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge.