UPDATE: Bayou Manchac Bridge on Old Perkins Rd. in East Baton Rouge Parish remains closed; DOTD reminds motorists not to drive around barricades
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 8:59:18 AM
Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that the Bayou Manchac Bridge on LA 427 (Old Perkins Rd.) in East Baton Rouge Parish remains closed due to high water. Although water has receded from the roadway, Bayou Manchac must fall another eight inches before DOTD crews can safely inspect the bridge for structural integrity before reopening it to traffic.

At this time, barricades remain at the entrance of the bridge. DOTD would like to remind motorists that it is unlawful to drive around a road closed barricade for any reason. This is dangerous for both motorists and any DOTD workers who are on the streets trying to clear the roadways. These barricades are put in place to protect motorists from dangerous situations on the road, whether that be debris, high water, or any potentially unsafe situation. DOTD appreciates your patience as crews work diligently to get the roads back open.

Motorists are encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to traveling by using the following resources for the latest information regarding road conditions:
  • Motorists can check www.511la.org or dial 511 to remain up-to-date on the latest closures. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).
  • Additional information can be found at DOTD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.