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Pothole on La 1 causes snarl on I-10

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Posted: May 13, 2014 3:27 PM by WBRZ Staff
Updated: May 13, 2014 11:41 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: intracoastal bridge, la 1, lane closure, traffic

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.

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