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Railroad construction prompts weekend closure of Essen Lane

Railroad construction prompts weekend closure of Essen Lane
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:46pm

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that Essen Lane will be closed at the railroad crossing south of Interstate 10 starting Friday, July 18 at 9 p.m. through Monday, July 21 at 5 a.m.

The weekend-long closure will allow crews to reconstruct the Essen Lane railroad crossing.

Motorists are suggested to use the following detours during the closure:

  • Drivers south of the closure traveling north on Essen Lane should take Perkins Road to Bluebonnet Boulevard to detour around the closure.
  • I-10 eastbound drivers should exit at Acadian Thruway then travel east on Perkins Road to Essen Lane.
  • I-10 westbound traffic should exit at Bluebonnet Boulevard, travel south to Perkins Road, then west to Essen Lane.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can also 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 smartphone application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play. 

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