Road closures for Mardi Gras holiday
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development released work schedules today for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana for the Mardi Gras holidays which begin on Friday, Feb. 17 and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday, especially at railroad crossings.
Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.
In the New Orleans area, all lanes of I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 will remain open to traffic.
In Jefferson Parish, southbound Loyola Drive from Clemson Drive to I-10 will have the left lane closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with the exception of Tuesday, February 21.
In the Slidell area, all lanes of I-10, I-12 and I-59 will remain open to traffic.
In the Hammond area, all lanes of I-12 and I-55 will remain open to traffic.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, all lanes of I-10 will remain open.
In East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, drivers should expect short, intermittent closures of the I-12 Range Avenue on and off ramps as well as intermittent closures on I-12 eastbound between O'Neal Lane and Range Avenue. These closures will be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, from Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19.
Additionally, one lane may be closed in each direction on I-12 from Juban Road (La. 1026) to Walker (La. 447) on Friday, February 17, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Drivers should note the reduced speed limit within the construction zones on I-10 and I-12.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, U.S. 190 will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the town of Livonia.
In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.
Additionally, construction on Verot School Road (La. 339), from Pinhook to the Lafayette Parish line, continues with intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
In Vermilion Parish, U.S. 167 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during daytime hours, weather permitting.
In the Lake Charles area, all lanes of I-210 will remain open to traffic.
Drivers should note that the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge is restricted to one lane in each direction between Friday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 21 for ongoing bridge repair work.
In Jefferson Davis Parish, construction activity continues on La. 26 from U.S. 190 (Elton) south to La. 102 (Hathaway) and on La. 14 and La. 380 from Potters Rd. east to La. 26 (Lake Arthur). There may be some closures during the holiday associated with this work, but drivers should not expect major delays.
In Rapides Parish, I-49 will have one southbound lane closed near the Turkey Creek exit and one northbound lane closed near Lecompte. Additionally, the La. 107 Ruby Wise Elementary - Pine Grove and the La. 488 Slide repair projects will have alternating lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Through-traffic will be maintained at all times.
In Vernon Parish, at the Bayou Zourie Bridge in Pickering, the northbound travel lanes on U.S. 171 will be closed. Both northbound and southbound traffic will utilize the southbound lanes.
In the Monroe area, I-20 may have one lane closed either westbound or eastbound between Exit 115 (Stella/Mill Street) and Exit 120 (Garrett Road), from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., during the holiday.
In Lincoln Parish, U.S. 167 in Ruston will have one southbound lane closed from Carolina Avenue to Georgia Avenue, and one northbound lane closed from Alabama Street to Georgia Avenue.
In the Shreveport-Bossier City area, all lanes of I-20, I-220 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.
Westbound I-20 in Webster Parish between Exit 49 and Exit 55 will be reduced to one lane of traffic.
Oversize/overweight vehicle movement
Secretary LeBas announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, and New Roads on Saturday, February, 18 through Tuesday, February, 21.
LeBas said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety's Office of State Police to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during these holidays. The Department's Truck Permit Office will remain open Monday, February 20, and Tuesday, February 21, to issue permits outside of the prohibited areas. Please call 1-800-654-1433 for information on permits.
LA Swift Bus Service
LA Swift, the bus service that provides coach bus rides between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, will run its Saturday schedule on Tuesday, February 21.
Additionally, due to the difficulty of servicing the 4:30 p.m. and the 5:25 p.m. departures at the Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue and the St. Charles Avenue and Poydras Street locations when there is an uptown evening parade scheduled, patrons normally using these locations should meet at the Tulane and Loyola departure location for the following dates only:
Friday, February 10
Wednesday, February 15
Thursday, February 16
Friday, February, 17
Monday, February 20
Schedules and further details are available at www.laswift.com and through LA Swift's Customer Service Center at (877)-94-SWIFT (1-877-947-9438). The center's hours of operation are 7:30 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 www.511la.org.
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. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Tuesday, February 21.
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.