Posted: May 13, 2014 3:27 PM by WBRZ Staff
Updated: May 13, 2014 11:41 PM
PORT ALLEN - Finally, some six hours after emergency bridge work began on La. 1 in West Baton Rouge, westbound I-10 cleared of major traffic.
A lane closure on the Intracoastal Bridge caused gridlock onto I-10 where wrecks and stalled vehicles added to the nightmare Tuesday afternoon. Hours after rush hour, traffic was stacked to the I-10/I-12 Split.
But, at the height of the evening commute, DOTD reported congestion back to Siegen Lane on I-10 and beyond Sherwood Forest on I-12.
Many drivers were planning to sit in traffic longer than usual.
"It's going to take about an hour and a half looks like," said Troy Mabille. Who added, as any traffic expert would, "[it's] backed up pretty good."
One driver told WBRZ News 2, it took him two hours to drive from Court Street in Port Allen to the Intracoastal Bridge- about a mile-long drive.
The lane closure on the La. 1 bridge will stay in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Crews are making emergency repairs to a pothole.
The La. 1 bridge is on a national list of bridges that are not up to standard.
You can get up-to-date traffic information through the WBRZ.com Traffic Center.