Judge Seeber Bridge experiencing mechanical problems; motorists should be prepared for delays
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 8:53:04 AM


Further emphasizing the need for repair, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today an early intermittent closure of the Judge Seeber Bridge, also known as the Claiborne Bridge, due to mechanical failure.


The bridge had been scheduled for a full seven-week closure, beginning this Saturday, April 2. In light of the current mechanical issues, it will now be operated manually by DOTD personnel on a four hour schedule to accommodate marine navigation openings, until further notice. As of today, the openings are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Motorists should expect extended delays of up to 40 minutes during each opening, due to the manual operation, and – when possible – detour via the St. Claude Bridge. A special marine opening will be allowed at 9:00 p.m. tonight.


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.


For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).