DOTD announces multiple route reopenings; ferry service resumes tomorrow
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:04:16 PM

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that most priority routes have been reopened in Orleans, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Terrebonne parishes. Additionally, ferry service at Algiers and Chalmette will return to normal on Thursday, January 30.

Earlier today, DOTD reopened the Luling (Hale Boggs) Bridge in its entirety, Judge Seeber (Claiborne) Bridge, Caminada Bay Bridge, and the La. 1 Bridge in Leeville. Travel resumed on Interstate 10, from Highway 11 to I-310, at approximately 4 p.m. 

Ferry riders can expect service to resume at the Lower Algiers-Chalmette route at its regular start time of 6 a.m., followed by Canal Street-Algiers Point at 7:15 a.m.

Although most roads have reopened, DOTD continues to stress to motorists to stay off the roads – particularly at night – whenever possible. Ice still has the potential to develop on interstates, highways and surface streets and can present roadway challenges as temperatures are forecasted to hover around freezing in many areas of Greater New Orleans. Motorists should limit any activity to emergency travel only and use extra caution if driving during hazardous weather conditions.

The following are remaining closures, in respective parishes, due to icy road conditions.

Orleans Parish
• I-10 East to Downman Road exit ramp

Orleans/St. Charles Parishes
• I-10 Bonnet Carre Spillway Bridge

Orleans/St. Tammany Parishes
• I-10 Twin Spans Bridge (alternate routes are U.S. 90 and U.S. 11)

Plaquemines Parish:
• La. 23 Hi Rise Bridge in Empire

The following have single lane closures and remain open.

Orleans Parish:
• La. 47 at the I-510 Bridge/Green Bridge (one lane open in both directions)

All river crossings are open at this time. DOTD continues to monitor weather reports, as well as area roadways, and will advise when it is safe to reopen.

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

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