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Plaquemines Port Vows to Rebuild the Pointe a La Hache Ferry Ramps


July 5, 2023

Angelina C. Vicknair, Director of Communications, Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District


Belle Chasse, LA – The Port of Plaquemines is pleased to announce its unwavering commitment to
rebuilding the previously condemned Pointe a la Hache ferry ramps. After numerous town halls,
meetings with the DOTD and Port Commission, Executive Director Charles Tillotson discussed the
importance of this vital transportation link for the local community. “The Port is dedicated to restoring
and enhancing connectivity through this vital infrastructure project. We listened to the citizens’
feedback and have worked tirelessly to create a resolution for the betterment of the community.”

The Pointe a la Hache ferry ramps, previously condemned by the Department of Transportation and
Development (DOTD) due to deterioration, has historically served as a crucial gateway for residents,
businesses, and visitors, connecting Pointe a la Hache with the surrounding areas. Acknowledging its
significance, the Port of Plaquemines has taken up the responsibility to restore this essential link and
revitalize the region’s transportation network.

As part of its commitment, the Port will collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including the DOTD,
local authorities, and community leaders, to develop a comprehensive plan for the reconstruction of the
Pointe a la Hache ferry ramps. The project cost is approximately 14 million, funded through the DOTD,
federal grants and port matching. The Port’s professional infrastructure development service
agreements and its dedication to community-driven projects will ensure a thoughtful and efficient
restoration process. Initial design will begin in the next 90 days, with full design completed in
approximately six months.

The Port of Plaquemines recognizes that the revitalization of the Pointe a la Hache ferry ramp will
contribute significantly to Port’s growth, community connectivity, and quality of life. Upon completion,
the restored ramps will not only provide a safe and reliable crossing but also foster improved
accessibility for residents, businesses, and tourists, further promoting local commerce and tourism.

Throughout the reconstruction process, the Port will prioritize transparency, engaging with the
community to ensure their voices are heard, and addressing any concerns or inquiries that may arise.
The Port is committed to open communication, keeping the public informed about the progress,
timelines, and milestones of the project.

The Port of Plaquemines firmly believes in the power of infrastructure to drive positive change and
create opportunities for economic development. Rebuilding the Pointe a la Hache ferry ramp
demonstrates the Port’s commitment to the community, promoting resilience, and fostering enhanced
connectivity that will benefit the entire region for years to come.

For more information about the Port’s commitment to the restoration of the Pointe a la Hache ferry
ramp and its dedication to community-driven infrastructure projects, please visit

About the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District: Plaquemines Port is a leading maritime hub
along the Gulf Coast. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure and strategic location on the Mississippi
River, the Port plays a pivotal role in fostering economic growth, supporting local industries, and
connecting communities. Equipped with modern terminals and facilities, the Port handles a diverse
range of cargo and implements environmentally sustainable practices. Through its operations, the Port
generates employment opportunities, stimulates regional economic diversification, and fuels long-term

For media inquiries, please contact Angelina C. Vicknair,

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