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DOTD issues travel advisory ahead of Mardi Gras

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Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:09 AM
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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development issued a travel advisory for the Mardi Gras holidays from Friday, Feb. 8 to Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Since the Super Bowl, all lane closures on major roadways and interstates, including I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610, in the vicinity of the French Quarter and transportation hubs, have been suspended until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, in anticipation of heavy traffic.

In Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes, there are no planned lane closures on I-12.

In Baton Rouge, lane closures will continue for the Geaux Wider projects on I-10 between the I-10/I-12 split and Highland Road. Drivers should note that one lane will remain open in each direction at all times and should pay attention to the reduced speed limits within the construction zone. Drivers are encouraged to visit www.GeauxWider.com for the latest closure information.

Also, in East Baton Rouge Parish, U.S. 190 (Florida Boulevard) will have one lane closed in each direction from Foster Boulevard to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) from 8 p.m. to 6 am. on Friday, February 8, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10, and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 12.

In Ascension Parish, drivers may experience single lane closures on La. 73 from I-10 to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway); however, one lane will remain open at all times.

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

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas said, "Our department would like to remind motorists to engage in safe driving practices by obeying all traffic laws. This means paying attention to posted speed limits, specifically in construction zones, wearing your seatbelt and refraining from drinking while driving."

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