Protestors rally against Melville ferry closure

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Posted: Nov 23, 2010 11:07 AM
Updated: Nov 23, 2010 11:07 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - About 50 people who use the Melville ferry that transports drivers from St. Landry to Pointe Coupee parishes have rallied at the Louisiana Capitol to protest the ferry's closure.

The service across the Atchafalaya River is scheduled to end Dec. 31.

Department of Transportation and Development officials say the Melville ferry is used less and is more expensive per vehicle than other state ferries. DOTD calculates the savings from closing the ferry at $720,000 a year.

Local officials have said drivers will have to travel an extra 60 miles to cross the Atchafalaya River without the ferry.

Protesters on Tuesday wore orange shirts that said "Save our Ferry" and said they wanted to speak to the governor about the closure.

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