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Lane restrictions on I-12 because of annoying crashes

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Posted: May 15, 2014 10:59 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 16, 2014 8:42 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: transportation, traffic, interstate, i12

BATON ROUGE- The state put restrictions on commercial vehicles traveling I-12 through the construction zones between Walker and the Tangipahoa Parish line.

The restrictions will hopefully reduce the number of wrecks in the area, the Department of Transportation and Development said. Recently, crashes have caused day-long traffic jams.

"By having the trucks restricted to one lane, it cuts down on swerving and helps people pay attention more," said DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet.

The large vehicles can now only use the right lane. Signs have been erected along this section of I-12 notifying drivers of the lane restriction, which begins immediately.

There are four active construction zones in this area. Work includes a $26.5 million project to widen I-12 from four to six lanes in each direction from Walker to half a mile west of Satsuma, and a $17.9 million project to repair and widen numerous bridges. Work on both projects is scheduled to finish by early spring 2015.
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