DOTD to place concrete barriers at entrance of Bayou Manchac Bridge on Old Perkins Rd; Reminds motorists not to drive around barricades
Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 11:51:38 AM
Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that for the safety of the traveling public, concrete barriers will be placed at the entrance of the Manchac Bridge to prevent motorists from removing current barricades and traveling across the bridge.

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, DOTD crews must inspect the bridge for structural integrity before reopening it to traffic.

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 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.