NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces it will close portions of Interstate 610 from Saturday, Mar. 4 at 10 p.m. until Monday, Mar. 6 at 5 a.m., for concrete work as part of the Wisner Boulevard Bridge Overpass Replacement project.
I-610 Westbound from Franklin Avenue to I-10 will be closed in its entirety. I-610 Eastbound from the I-10 split to St. Bernard will be closed. Access from ground-level at Gentilly Boulevard and beyond will remain open.
Detours are as follows:
- All traffic that would normally exit on I-610 for West End and Canal Boulevards should take I-10 east to the Metairie Road/City Park Avenue exit.
- Traffic that would normally exit on I-610 at St. Bernard Avenue should take I-10 east to the N. Claiborne Avenue exit.
- Traffic that would normally exit Elysian Fields Avenue or Franklin Avenue should take I-10 east to the Elysian Fields exit.
- All through traffic should remain on I-10 east.
- All traffic that would normally exit on I-610 at Elysian Fields Avenue, N. Broad Street, or Paris Avenue should use the Chef Menteur Highway or Franklin Avenue exits.
- Traffic that would normally exit on I-610 at Canal Boulevard should take I-10 west to the Florida Boulevard or West End exit.
Contractor Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC will be pouring concrete on the bridge decks over I-610. The replacement of the Wisner Bridge, built in 1973, is a $19.5 million joint effort between the Federal Highway Administration, the City of New Orleans and the Regional Planning Commission. The original structure was demolished and is being rebuilt in place with a new steel girder overpass, asphalt approaches, two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction and one 12-foot bike lane.
The bridge remains closed during construction, which is slated for completion in mid-2017.
All construction activity is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. DOTD appreciates the motoring public’s patience and reminds drivers to please exercise caution when traveling through work zone areas and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment. Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking or biking near an active work zone.
Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org. Additionally, real-time around-the-clock New Orleans traffic updates can be accessed via Twitter @NOLA_Traffic.