Travel advisories for Memorial Day weekend

Travel advisories for Memorial Day weekend
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:39pm

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) issed the upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana for the Memorial Day weekend .

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, P.E., urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday weekend, especially at railroad crossings. Southeast

In East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, all lanes of I-10 and I-12 will remain open. Drivers should note that the speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph within the construction zones on I-10 and I-12.

In the New Orleans area, all lanes of I-310, I-510 and I-610 will remain open during the holiday. On Sunday, May 29, through Monday, May 30, I-10 eastbound and westbound will have alternating ramp closures in New Orleans East from I-510 to Franklin Avenue. The eastbound closures will be from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and the westbound closures will be from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

In the Slidell area, all lanes of I-10, I-12 and I-59 will remain open.

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

Southwest Louisiana

In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.

In the Lake Charles area, all lanes of I-210 will remain open to traffic. Construction continues on I-10 near Sulphur, with one lane closed in each direction.

Central Louisiana

In the Alexandria area, all lanes of I-49 will remain open to traffic.

In Natchitoches Parish, LA 6 at the Grand Ecore Bridge will continue to be reduced to one lane. Temporary traffic lights are in place to control the flow of traffic. 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.

Northwest Louisiana

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

Secretary LeBas announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Monday, May 30.

LeBas said the decision was made to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during this holiday.

The Department’s Truck Permit Office will also be closed on Monday, May 30. Please call 1-800-654-1433 for information on permits.

LA Swift, the bus service that provides coach bus rides between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, will run its Saturday schedule on Monday, May 30.

Schedules and further details are available at and through LA Swift’s Customer Service Center at (877)-94-SWIFT (1-877-947-9438). The center’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

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

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. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Monday, May 30.

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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