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Nov 23, 2009 7:36 PM by Jon Carrere

Melville Ferry in Danger of Closing

The Town of Melville in northern St. Landry Parish may soon lose one of their most important means of transportation.

The state is recommending closing the Melville Ferry along with three others in the state to save nearly 5 million dollars.

The Department of Transportation says the Melville Ferry may have to close because it's not economically efficient.

People in town say they are worried this is becoming a trend.

"They already got rid of the school, they got rid of a lot of things around here in other words you won't have nothing," says Melville resident Ray Savant.

"Well its certainly about saving dollars, but I'm certain the Streamlining Commission does have a sensitivity to the communities," says DOTD Director Bill Fontenot.

If closed people who use the ferry will have to take a 25 mile detour to get to work.

At this point its only a suggestion it has to go to the Louisiana State Legislature before a decisions can be made.

Fontenot says when you factor the cost of the captain, crew, fuel for the tugboat and other factors, the state is spending about $150 for every vehicle transported.

jcarrere@katctv.com

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