New Orleans, LA – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has discontinued servicing vehicles and pedestrians at the Algiers Point/Canal Street route due to a mechanical failure of the Motor Vessel Louis B. Porterie. The M/V Frank X. Armiger has been placed back in service and will carry pedestrians only.
DOTD had temporarily returned the larger boat to Algiers/Canal on yesterday, while the Lower Algiers/Chalmette ferry route remains out of service awaiting a repair to the landing barge. On its last trip, yesterday evening, the M/V Porterie began experiencing mechanical issues, which could not be immediately resolved.
Travelers are encouraged to sign up to follow the latest status of the ferries on Twitter.com at Canal_Ferry and/or Chalmette_Ferry. Further information about the ferries can be found at www.dotd.la.gov/ferry/. For traffic information, dial 511 or visit www.511la.org. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).