WHITE CASTLE, LA — Today, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced a revised estimate for when the White Castle ferry is expected to return to service.
The ferry was scheduled to return to service the last week of August after crews complete repairs to the ferry’s propeller shaft; however, delays in acquiring a dry-dock at the ship yard has moved the estimated return to service date to mid-September.
Service initially ceased after an inspection by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) discovered problems with the ferry’s propeller shaft. After further inspection, it was determined that the ferry would need to be dry-docked to make the necessary repairs due to damage being more extensive than expected. The repairs must be made before the USCG gives DOTD clearance to resume service.