DOTD announces upcoming overnight I-12 closure in East Baton Rouge Parish
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:32:56 AM

Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that there will be a full interstate closure on I-12 eastbound from the College Drive exit to the Essen Lane exit on Saturday, January 29 from 9 p.m. to 5 a .m., weather permitting. This closure is necessary to allow crews to ­­­­­­­­­­remove the outside edge of the I-10 westbound overpass bridge deck.

Crews will be removing the deck using a method called Accelerated Bridge Construction. This innovative method allows crews to remove the bridge deck in one piece so that it can be disassembled on the ground instead of in multiple sections, which would cause multiple nights of full road closures.

During the closure, motorists traveling I-12 eastbound are advised to use the I-10 eastbound at LA 3064 (Essen Lane) exit and travel northbound on LA 3064 to the I-12 eastbound on-ramp.

This $52.3 million project will realign the existing I-12 westbound traffic to more closely follow the I-12 eastbound alignment. It will span both I-12 eastbound and westbound with a new I-10 westbound bridge, allowing for westbound traffic to exit to College Drive without crossing through mainline interstate traffic.

The College Drive exit project is part of a multi-phased project that will widen I-10 from LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish to the I-10/12 split in East Baton Rouge Parish. This project is anticipated to be completed late 2022, weather permitting.

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

Call 511 or visit for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call I-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.