DOTD announces the start of I-10 girder repair project and closures
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:45:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the start of a $1.3 million rehabilitation project on Interstate 10 westbound (over Julia Street) to replace one girder and repair damaged steel and connection plates.

Beginning Friday, May 15, at 10 p.m. through Monday, May 18, at 6 a.m., westbound I-10 will be closed to all traffic from the U.S. 90 Business West (Westbank)/U.S. 90 West (Claiborne Avenue) exit to the South Broad Street overpass. All traffic will need to exit I-10 West to the U.S. 90 Business West (Westbank)/U.S. 90 West (Claiborne Avenue) exit. Additionally, the Poydras Street entrance ramp to I-10 westbound will be completely closed to all traffic. This closure will not impact the motorists coming from the Crescent City Connection who are entering the I-10 West/Pontchartrain Expressway.

The La. 39 (North Claiborne Avenue) entrance ramp to I-10 West will be closed in order to reduce the volume of traffic on I-10 West. Motorists should continue on the ground level Claiborne Avenue to reach Tulane Avenue to avoid delays on the elevated I-10 West.

During the closure period, the contractor – Coastal Bridge, LLC – will be removing and replacing a steel cross beam and an expansion joint that spans across the entire width of I-10 westbound.

Vehicles, including emergency and permit vehicles, will not have any access to the closed segment.

To avoid traffic delays, motorists traveling from the New Orleans East/Slidell areas should exit I-10 West at I-610 to reach destinations beyond the closure. Motorists who reach the closure point and want to continue onto I-10 West will be directed to the Canal Street/Superdome exit (Exit 235B) to detour to Tulane Avenue and reenter I-10 West at the I-10/US 61(Tulane Avenue) interchange.

All work is expected to be completed by June 2015. The planned construction activities are weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

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