DOTD issues Independence Day travel advisory
Monday, June 30, 2008 at 2:34:07 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana for Independence Day weekend (Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6).

DOTD Secretary William D. Ankner, Ph.D., urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday weekend, especially at railroad crossings.

Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.

Southeast Louisiana

In the New Orleans area, all lanes of I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 will remain open during the holiday weekend.

In the Slidell area, all lanes of I-12 and I-59 will remain open.

Also in the Slidell area, construction continues on I-10 at its intersection with U.S. 190 (Fremeaux interchange). Drivers may experience delays because of an eastbound lane closure and a westbound lane closure at the Fremeaux interchange. Two lanes will remain open to traffic in each direction.

In the Hammond area and surrounding parishes, all lanes of I-10, I-12 and I-55 will remain open.

In the Baton Rouge area, all lanes of I-10 and I-12 will remain open.

In East Baton Rouge Parish, there will be no construction on La. 427 (Perkins Road) between Essen Lane and Siegen Lane for the holiday weekend.

Southwest Louisiana

In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.

In Acadia Parish, La. 13 north of Crowley is closed to traffic due to construction on the Bayou Plaquemine Bridge. Traffic will be detoured via La. 1121 to the I-10 North Frontage Road to La. 13.

In St. Landry Parish, U.S. 190 over U.S. 71 is reduced from four lanes to two-lane, two-way traffic onto the eastbound roadway since the westbound Atchafalaya River bridge has been removed. Traffic on U.S. 71, under the bridge, has been reduced to one-lane, one-way traffic.

In the Lake Charles area, I-210 will remain open to traffic.

In Calcasieu Parish near Sulphur, construction continues on I-10. One westbound lane will be closed from mile post 24 to mile post 23. The left and center lanes will remain open to traffic. In addition, one eastbound lane will be closed from mile post 23 to mile post 24. The left and center lanes will remain open to traffic.

Central Louisiana

In the Alexandria area, all lanes of I-49 will remain open to traffic.

In Rapides Parish, one lane of U.S. 167 North at U.S. 165 will remain closed.

In Avoyelles Parish, La. 114 at the Bayou Des Glaises Diversion Canal is closed to traffic. Drivers will be detoured via La. 114, La. 1186 and La. 1.

Also in Avoyelles Parish, La. 29 is closed to traffic from La. 106 to La. 1176. Drivers will be detoured via I-49 and La. 115.

Northeast Louisiana

In the Monroe area, all lanes of I-20 will remain open.

Also in the Monroe area, construction continues on the Lea Joyner/Louisville Avenue Bridge on U.S. 80. No delays are expected.

In addition, the La. 546/Cheniere-Drew Overpass (Exit 108) is closed, but the on and off ramps to I-20 remain open. Please take alternate routes as posted.

In Lincoln Parish, the I-20 westbound exit ramp (Exit 85–U.S. 167/63 Ruston / Dubach Exit) is closed. No delays have been reported due to this ramp closure.

In Caldwell Parish, construction continues on sections of U.S. 165 through the towns of Grayson and Columbia. Drivers may experience some minor delays and short detours because of construction activity in this area.

In Franklin and Tensas parishes, construction continues on the Tensas River Bridge on La. 4 at the Tensas and Franklin parish line. No delays are expected.

In Franklin Parish, La. 618 will be closed due to the replacement of the Pine Flat Bridge. Traffic will be detoured via La. 869.

In Catahoula and Concordia parishes, construction continues on U.S. 84 in the Jonesville area. Drivers may experience minor delays because of construction activity in this area.

Northwest Louisiana

In the Shreveport-Bossier City area and surrounding parishes, all lanes of I-49 and I-220 will remain open.

In Bossier Parish, construction continues on I-20. Drivers may experience delays due to eastbound and westbound lane closures between mile marker 29 and mile marker 33.

Also, drivers should be advised that the eastbound I-20 Welcome Center near the Texas state line is closed for reconstruction.

Oversize/overweight vehicle movement

Secretary Ankner announced today that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited Friday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

Ankner said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety’s Office of State Police in order to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during the holiday.

In addition, both spans of the I-10 "twin-span" bridge between Slidell and New Orleans are closed to all oversize and overweight permit loads until further notice.

Because the temporary panels used to repair the westbound span are taking a pounding from speeders, especially overweight and speeding trucks, state troopers and Weights and Standard officers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Transportation Environmental Safety Section (TESS) have stepped up traffic enforcement. The weight limit for 18-wheelers traveling westbound is 70,000 pounds.

Loads weighing more than 70,000 pounds but less than 90,000 pounds can use the Causeway Bridge as an alternate route. All other loads can use I-55. The weight limit eastbound is 80,000 pounds.

DOTD’s Weights and Standards and Truck Permit Office will be closed Friday, July 4. Please call 1-800-654-1433 for more information on permits.

Further information

Travelers can access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511 from their telephone. The voice-activated 511 Traveler Information System is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. Drivers calling from outside of the state can access Louisiana’s 511 Traveler Information Service by calling 888-ROAD-511 (888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System Web site at

More detailed information on the status of DOTD construction projects and road closures may be obtained via the Traveler Information link from DOTD’s Web site,

Traffic cameras for the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, LaPlace, New Orleans and Shreveport/Bossier areas also may be viewed from that site.

In addition, DOTD’s Customer Service Center representatives can answer questions regarding road closures not listed above or any other DOTD-related questions. Please call (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683) with questions. The center’s normal business hours are 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Friday, July 4.

Finally, drivers are encouraged to tune in to local radio stations for current traffic and accident information prior to traveling.

Drivers who notice road hazards, such as potholes or debris in the road, are urged to call DOTD’s statewide, toll-free Highway Safety Hot Line at 1-800-259-HWAY (4929). The automated system operates 24 hours a day and routes callers to the appropriate field office to report hazardous conditions.