Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:12 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The White Castle ferry returns to service Thursday.
Service was originally scheduled to resume in mid-January after crews completed repairs to the ferry's propeller shaft; however, damage to the vessel's propulsion system was discovered while crews were testing the original repairs. Repairs to the propulsion system had to be made before the U.S. Coast Guard gave the Department of Transportation and Development clearance to resume service at the White Castle landing.
The ferry will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Propeller shaft repairs and other problems kept the ferry out of service from June until Nov. 29. Without the ferry, drivers must go 22 miles to the Plaquemine ferry or 42 miles to the Sunshine Bridge.