Know the delays before you hit the road for Independence Day

Know the delays before you hit the road for Independence Day
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 12:17pm

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana on Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4).

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday, especially at railroad crossings and within construction zones where the speed limit is reduced.

Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.

Southeast Louisiana

In the New Orleans area, all lanes of I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 will remain open to traffic.

In the Slidell area, the right lane of I-12 westbound will be closed between the I-10/ I-12/ I-59 interchange and the Robert Road overpass. The detour is I-10 to U.S. 190 (Gause Boulevard), east on U.S. 190 to La. 434 (Lacombe) and north on La. 434 to I-12.

In the Hammond area, all lanes of I-12 and I-55 will remain open to traffic.

In East Baton Rouge Parish, all lanes of I-10, I-12 and I-110 will remain open.

Southwest Louisiana

In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.
In St. Mary Parish, it is important to note that truck traffic greater than 15-25 tons is prohibited from traveling on the U.S. 90 Bayou Ramos Bridge in Morgan City. The detour for trucks traveling westbound is U.S. 90 to La. 662 (Exit 182) to La. 182 to U.S. 90. The detour for trucks traveling eastbound is U.S. 90 to La. 182 (La. 182/ La. 70 exit) to La. 662 to U.S. 90.

In Vermilion Parish, La. 92 will be closed at the Vermilion/Acadia parish line.

In the Lake Charles area, all lanes of I-10 and I-210 will remain open to traffic.

Central Louisiana

In Winn Parish, U.S. 167 will detour just north of Winnfield for construction of the Dugdemona Bridge. Both northbound and southbound traffic will shift onto the two existing northbound lanes, requiring traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction. Please pay attention to the posted speed reduction.

Also in Winn Parish, there will be construction crews working on LA 34 from the intersection of U.S. 84 in Joyce and proceeding north for seven miles. Drivers may experience minor delays because of construction activity in this area.

Northeast Louisiana

In the Monroe area, all lanes of I-20 will remain open to traffic and there will be no lane closures on major routes in the area.

Northwest Louisiana

In the Shreveport-Bossier City area, all lanes of I-20, I-220 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.

Oversize/overweight vehicle movement

Secretary LeBas announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Wednesday, July 4.

LeBas said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during the holiday. The Department’s Truck Permit Office will also be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in observation of Independence Day.

LA Swift Bus Service

LA Swift, the bus service that provides coach bus rides between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, will run its Saturday schedule on Wednesday, July 4.

Schedules and further details are available at www.laswift.com and through LA Swift’s Customer Service Center at (877)-94-SWIFT (1-877-947-9438).

The bus service makes stops in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Sorrento, LaPlace, Kenner and New Orleans.

Further information

Travelers can access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511 from their telephone.

The voice-activated 511 Traveler Information System is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System Web site at www.511la.org.

Traffic cameras for the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Hammond/Northshore, Houma, Lake Charles, Monroe/West Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding areas also may be viewed from the 511 site.

DOTD’s Customer Service Center representatives can answer questions about road closures not listed above or any other DOTD-related questions. Please call (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683) with questions. The center’s business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4.

Finally, drivers are encouraged to tune in to local radio stations for current traffic and incident information prior to traveling.

Drivers who notice road hazards, such as potholes or debris in the road, are urged to call DOTD’s statewide, toll-free Highway Safety Hot Line at 1-800-259-HWAY (4929). The automated system operates 24-hours-a-day and routes callers to the appropriate field office to report hazardous conditions.

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