Jackson Avenue–Gretna ferry

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The Gretna ferry landing seen from the ferry in 2008

The Jackson Avenue–Gretna ferry was a ferry across the Mississippi River in the U.S. state of Louisiana, connecting Jackson Avenue in New Orleans with Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna. It carried automobiles for $1.00; bicycles and pedestrians for free. The Crescent City Connection Division of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development operated the ferry on weekdays from 06:00 to 20:45.

The ferry carried U.S. Highway 90 during 1926–1928 and 1930–1937, until the Huey P. Long Bridge and subsequent improvements to Jefferson Highway were completed. The original Louisiana Highway 2, at first co-signed with U.S. 90, utilized the ferry crossing until the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering, followed by the modern Louisiana Highway 23.[1] The terminus of LA 23 has since been truncated to the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The historic ferry route ended on September 28, 2009, replaced by the Gretna–Canal Street ferry route. The Gretna ferry's east bank landing temporarily shifted from Jackson Avenue to Canal Street, carrying only pedestrians and bicycles. The service was soon terminated, and the Gretna ferry terminal is currently (April, 2017) being converted into a river cruise ship terminal, which will be the home port for the French America Line's riverboat Louisiane.[2]

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  1. ^ 1975 AAA Triptik map of New Orleans
  2. ^ http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2016/06/new_river_cruise_french_americ.html

Coordinates: 29°55′16″N 90°04′12″W / 29.921°N 90.070°W / 29.921; -90.070

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