DOTD announces closure of Belle Chasse Bridge
Friday, February 07, 2014 at 5:36:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces a full closure of the Belle Chasse (Judge Perez) Bridge at La. 23 in Plaquemines Parish, from 4 a.m., Saturday, February 8, to 5 a.m., Monday, February 10.

During the closure period, the following vehicles will be prohibited from entering the Belle Chasse Tunnel:
• Dump trucks and any truck larger in size
• Pick-up trucks with any type of trailer, including boats and motor homes

All other motor vehicle traffic will be allowed in the tunnel. Law enforcement officials will be in the area monitoring and assisting with the flow of traffic.

Prohibited vehicles can detour the area via the following routes:
• From New Orleans: General De Gaulle Drive over the Intercoastal Canal Bridge to La. 406, to La. 23
• From Plaquemines: La. 23 to La. 406 over the Intercoastal Canal Bridge to General De Gaulle Drive

Work being performed during the closure will include replacing the guide bearings, shock absorbers and some preliminary electrical work to replace the span locks, which secure the bridge when it is in the down/closed position. The work is a continuation of repairs started last year (http://www.dotd.la.gov/pressreleases/release.aspx?key=2209). Some parts required special manufacturing.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds motorists to drive with caution through the construction zone and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

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)