MSIB Vol XX-055

Mariners are advised that the Bayou Sorrel bridge, located at MM 37.6 of the Port Allen – Morgan City Alternate Route, had a mechanical failure that prevents its normal operation, limiting the bridge to manual openings only. The State of Louisiana is coordinating permanent repairs but does not yet have an estimated date at which the bridge will be back in normal operation.

The bridge will be manually opened intermittently to allow for marine traffic. Mariners are advised to contact the bridge prior to arrival and should expect minimum delays.

Vessels seeking to transit through the bridge should coordinate their passage in advance by calling the bridge operator at (225) 659-1484 or via VHF-FM Ch 13.

For further information, contact:

Coast Guard Sector Command Center New Orleans (24 hours): (504) 365-2200
Bayou Sorrel Lock Operator (24 Hours): (225) 659-2581
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge Waterways Management: (225) 298-5400 ext 230