DOTD announces closure of La. 77 bridge over Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish
Monday, March 03, 2014
DOTD announces closure of La. 77 bridge over Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that the La. 77 bridge over the Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish is closed until further notice due to damage caused by a barge on Friday night. DOTD is working to execute an emergency contract to expedite repairs to the bridge. The damage is extensive, and repairs are expected to take 60 to 90 days minimum to complete.

The detour from the east side of the bridge (closest to Plaquemine) is La. 77 toward Plaquemine, north on La. 1, west on I-10, then take the La. 77 Grosse Tete exit. From the west side (closest to Grosse Tete), take La. 77 to I-10 eastbound, exit La. 1 southbound toward Plaquemine to La. 77.

“This incident caused a great deal of damage to the bridge over the Intracoastal Canal,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. “We are working to get the bridge repaired and reopened, and are looking for practical and efficient measures to ensure there is safe travel available for Louisiana citizens.”

“I have met with officials from DOTD and they are aware of the importance of this bridge,” said Rep. Karen St. Germain. “They have pledged to work with local and state officials to address the transportation needs of the area following this accident.”

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 about 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, motorists can utilize the new "Way to Geaux" application to receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts. The hands-free, eyes-free smartphone application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.

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