US 90B/Toll Plaza Removal and Reconfiguration – State Project No. H.009920
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 4:47:19 PM
Contact: Bambi Hall

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tonight, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will get started on a $2.1 million project to remove the defunct 12-lane toll plaza and reconfigure travel lanes on the Crescent City Connection Bridge. The contractor, Gibson & Associates Inc., will begin work at 9 p.m.

Phase 1 of construction will address lanes 1-6 of the toll plaza. The contractor will do layout work tonight and Tuesday with the closures on the General Degaulle Drive and Terry Parkway ramps. Modification of the striping on the General Degaulle and Terry Parkway ramps will begin Wednesday, and by Thursday morning, traffic will be shifted. Thursday night, the modification of striping and installation of temporary barriers on the expressway will be finished. The lanes will be in the temporary configuration for the contractor to safely remove the toll booths and canopy by Friday morning.

The first phase of construction is expected to last approximately one month. Motorists can detour via the Huey P. Long (U.S. 90) Bridge.

Phase 2 work will address lanes 7-12 of the toll plaza later in the project. During the course of the project, traffic patterns are expected to be shifted several times; but, once established will maintain traffic flow during construction from the elevated expressway and the various ramps. The work is expected to be completed in October 2016, pending any unforeseen circumstances.

The completion of the project in its entirety will accommodate the three lanes from the elevated bridge through the project site. No ramps will be permanently closed, though adjustments will be made as to how and when they merge. Additionally, the Terry Parkway on-ramp will be permanently reduced from two lanes to one.

All planned construction activities are weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Road and lane closure information will be disseminated regularly and as the project progresses. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to drive with caution through this and other highway work zones. Also, be alert for the presence of construction workers and equipment.

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