Iberville commuters make creative use of new Intracoastal ferry
IBERVILLE PARISH (NBC33) — The pedestrian ferry near the Grosse Tete Bridge is now in business, but people have to get creative to make sure they have a ride once they get across the Intracoastal.
The sheriff's office started the ferry after a barge broke the Grosse Tete Bridge. But it only takes people, not cars, so riders have to make sure they have transportation on both sides.
Iberville parish sheriff Brett Stassi says a lot more people have been riding since the first day of operation on Friday.
He said there's not room to operate a big ferry for cars so this was the best plan to help residents cut down their commute.
"It's not the perfect set up, by far, because of what you have to do with your vehicles. It puts some wives on one side with the truck and dad on one side with the car but it's what we could do as fast as we could," said Stassi.
The ferry is free and runs in two shifts--one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Parish officials and local land owners teamed up to help make the ferry plan happen.