White Castle ferry shutting down a week early
BATON ROUGE - The White Castle ferry is shutting down a week early because the state has no staff to continue operating it.
The vessel was scheduled to close on June 28 and will now close Friday, June 21.
The state Department of Transportation and Development said the ferry will close early because workers are resigning in advance of their planned layoffs and the state has no licensed staff to run the ferry.
DOTD says the state will save $1.3 million a year by closing the ferry.
Without the service, drivers must go 22 miles north to the Plaquemine ferry or 42 miles south to the Sunshine Bridge.
DOTD has shut down several ferries that primarily serve locals, including crossings at St. Francisville and Melville. The department intends to close the Edgard-Reserve ferry later this year.