Iberville Parish creates ferry landing with bridge closed
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish leaders have started work on a plan to get people across the Intracoastal Canal while the Grosse Tete bridge remains closed.
News 2 was shown the plan Thursday near Plaquemine.
Crews are working on platforms and ramps on each side of the canal and hope to give commuters a way to cross the canal by Monday.
Parish leaders took action after a barge smashed into the Grosse Tete bridge last week, knocking it out of service. Residents on the west side were left with an hour-long detour with the bridge shut down.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said giving people another way out as soon as possible was the parish's top priority.
"We want to help the people of Iberville Parish. This is a state problem with the bridge, and we are hoping that they do provide us a ferry. If they don't provide us a ferry, I think Monday morning we will start ferrying people with the sheriff's office equipment," he said.
Stassi says the department's boat can ferry six to eight people across the canal at a time. They will provide more boats as needed.