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Thousands find alternate way across Mississippi River

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Posted: Jan 24, 2014 9:22 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jan 24, 2014 9:22 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Plaquemine Ferry, bridge, ferry, river, ice, weather

BATON ROUGE - The icy conditions closed many roads and bridges Friday. Drivers waited in line for hours cross the 190 bridge after the Mississippi River bridge closed completely. The only sure way to get across the river is the Plaquemine Ferry.

Even then, it's a long wait.

"We've been waiting in line for three hours," said Howard Russell. "We're trying to get across the river so we can go duck hunting in the morning."

Others stuck in line, waiting to see their families.

"My kids are waiting for me," said Richaund Davis. "They've been calling periodically to see where I'm at."

Department of Transportation and Development is sanding and salting roads and bridges on the major corridors since Thursday night, and will continue through Friday night.

The Plaquemine Ferry will stay open all night to accommodate those who can't make it over a bridge. It costs $1 per car and $0.25 per pedestrian.

For the morning, DOTD says they will have to allow the roads to thaw and will reopen roads and bridges based on the weather conditions.

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