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Federal money to replace ferries in Cameron, Plaquemines

By: - December 22, 2022 12:33 pm
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A federal grant will pay for the design and construction of new ferries for commuters in Cameron and Plaquemines Parish, but it will be at least a couple of years before the replacements are in service.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Thursday $25 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation will cover the cost of design and construction of the new ferries.

A new ferry will replace the M/V Cameron II, which has capacity for 50 vehicles.  Construction  is expected to begin in early 2023 with an estimated completion of mid-2025. Currently, Cameron’s ferry service across the Calcasieu River ship channel is closed while its mooring vessel is in dry dock to undergo repairs that are expected to take a few months, according to DOTD.

Construction of the the new Plaquemines ferry, which the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District maintains, is expected to begin summer 2024 and completed early 2027. The current Plaquemines ferry that crosses the Mississippi River has a 35-car capacity.

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