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  • November 20, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 20, 2015 7:04 AM

    Here are today's top stories: 1 person taken to the hospital in shooting on Monet Drive Long list of projects could mean a new bridge in 30 years Many key positions up for grabs in Saturday's election Frosty cold front to cross Louisiana Updates all... more »
  • Work to begin on Zachary bridge that's been out for 2 years check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 6, 2015 6:26 PM

    ZACHARY - Construction will begin on the Milldale Road Bridge in Zachary at the beginning of next year. According to city-parish officials, the hold up has been waiting on federal funds as well as the acquisition process to be complete. They said the purchase of nearby land had to be... more »
  • Alabama man killed in crash near Louisiana-Mississippi line

    November 4, 2015 7:33 AM

    BAY ST. LOUIS - Authorities have identified the truck driver whose 18-wheeler plunged into the Pearl River near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line following an accident on Interstate 10. Louisiana State Police say the victim was 26-year-old Steven Shawn Clark, of Theodore, Alabama. Troopers say the accident late Tuesday involved Clark's... more »
  • Agency votes against using BP restoration funds on bridge

    October 21, 2015 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BP settlement funds meant for ecological restoration won't be diverted to finish a $350 million project to elevate a highway to connect the mainland with a key oil and gas port at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico - something environmental groups and even gubernatorial candidates... more »
  • Louisiana may do bridge loan to finance construction work

    October 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are considering a short-term bridge loan to keep money flowing to state-financed construction work, while the next governor starts to dig the state out of its budget mess. The Bond Commission, which oversees construction spending, was told Thursday that without an influx of new... more »
  • All lanes now open on I-10 W on the Mississippi River Bridge

    September 24, 2015 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-10 West on the Mississippi River Bridge following an earlier accident. Congestion from this accident has backed up to the I-10/I-110 split. more »
  • I-10 East reopens on Basin Bridge after wreck

    August 25, 2015 12:33 PM

    RAMAH - Louisiana State Police said a wreck closed I-10 East over the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge Tuesday morning for more than an hour. The wreck happened at mile marker 131, several miles west of Ramah. The Department of Transportation and Development later closed that side of the interstate at... more »
  • New trial upheld for 5 ex-cops in post-Katrina shootings

    August 18, 2015 6:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court decision keeps five former New Orleans police officers on track for a new trial in connection with deadly shootings of unarmed people amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger... more »
  • Bridge inspections create 11-mile traffic jam on I-10

    August 18, 2015 2:07 PM

    GROSSE TETE - Traffic officials said bridge inspections near Grosse Tete caused another massive traffic delay Tuesday along the I-10 corridor between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development said that just before 1 p.m. I-10 West traffic was backed up 11 miles from before LA... more »
  • Work crews ahead of schedule on Southern bridge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 12, 2015 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University is getting ready for the fall semester, steadily working to complete a bridge that's been out for nearly a year. The bridge collapsed last year after it was discovered that the piping was old and water had washed away dirt from the foundation. "There... more »
  • Bridge inspection to close La. 73 next week

    August 4, 2015 6:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Highway 73 between Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge will be closed at the end of the morning rush next Thursday. The state issued the traffic advisory Tuesday afternoon. The portion of the highway that will be closed will be over Bayou Manchac. Crews will be inspecting... more »
  • DOTD worker injured after falling from bridge, into trench

    July 29, 2015 4:00 PM

    BAYWOOD - A state bridge worker was injured in a construction accident Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to this rural area of East Baton Rouge Parish, about two miles from the East Feliciana Parish line, to rescue a worker who had fallen off a bridge on Greenwell Springs... more »
  • Bridge over Little Sandy Creek reopens after repairs

    July 24, 2015 1:04 PM

    ZACHARY - City workers reopened a bridge in East Baton Rouge Parish Friday, one month ahead of schedule. The Department of Transportation reopened the Port Hudson Pride Road Bridge over Little Sandy Creek near Zachary Friday morning. In June, Engineers said some of the support timbers were rotting,... more »
  • Stalled vehicles stall traffic throughout Baton Rouge

    July 23, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two vehicles which stalled an hour apart from each other on the Mississippi River Bridge left drivers stuck and steaming during near-100 degree heat Thursday. Around 4 p.m. the Department of Transportation and Development said a nine-mile traffic jam on I-10 West stretched from the bridge... more »
  • Trucker ticketed in rig crash

    July 21, 2015 12:59 PM

    CLINTON - The driver of a lumber truck was ticketed after a nasty crash Tuesday. State Police said a Netterville Lumber truck collided with a Department of Transportation and Development dump truck on Highway 61 at the Thompson Creek Bridge. The lumber truck pushed the DOTD truck from behind... more »
  • Multiple wrecks turn EBR interstate into parking lot

    July 21, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A wreck on I-10 West at the Mississippi River Bridge brought traffic to a standstill Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge. The wreck happened around 5:30 a.m. and blocked two lanes of I-10 West at the LA 1 exit just across the bridge. By the time all... more »
  • Holiday traffic jam stretches for miles

    July 2, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A traffic jam caused by a flood of holiday drivers stretched for miles past the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge Thursday afternoon. The Department of Transportation and Development said the congestion on I-10 East was backed up for nine miles past the Lobdell exit... more »
  • Bridge traffic backed up for miles as rain comes down

    June 30, 2015 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A disabled truck at the I-10 and I-110 split backed up traffic for miles across the new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge as more afternoon showers moved through the city-parish. The Department of Transportation and Development said the flatbed truck was stalled and disabled before... more »
  • Second Bridge on Port Hudson Pride Road closed

    June 11, 2015 12:45 PM

    ZACHARY - City workers closed a second bridge on Port Hudson Pride Road near Zachary Thursday. The Department of Public Works closed the Port Hudson Pride Road Bridge over Indian Bayou for emergency repair. Earlier this week, officials also closed a bridge on the same road over the... more »
  • Rotting timbers force Little Sandy Creek bridge closed

    June 9, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City workers closed a bridge in East Baton Rouge Parish due to emergency concerns Tuesday. The Department of Public Works closed the Port Hudson Pride Road Bridge over Little Sandy Creek near Zachary. Engineers said some of the support timbers were rotting, and it needs to... more »
  • Dyer Road Bridge closed in Baker

    June 3, 2015 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers who pass the Dyer Road Bridge over White Bayou will have to find another route. The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Public Works Traffic Engineering Division closed the bridge Wednesday. Drivers can take the detour route from Plank Road (LA 410) to Zachary Deerford... more »
  • Pair of EBR bridges shut down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 1, 2015 5:54 PM

    ZACHARY - A pair of bridges in East Baton Rouge Parish are shut down, because they're not safe for travel. Just outside of Zachary, the bridge on Jackson Road near Tucker Road was closed May 27. The Department of Public Works says the 44-year-old bridge is in good shape... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Memorial Day traffic trouble continues

    May 25, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Interstate traffic through Baton Rouge continued to pile up behind the Mississippi River Bridge through the lunch hour. The Department of Transportation and Development said congestion on I-10 West was back from the bridge all the way past Essen Lane just after 1 p.m. The... more »
  • Milldale Road Bridge closure has some frustrated check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2015 5:54 PM

    ZACHARY - The closure of the Milldale Road bridge has some residents boiling in frustration. "I've done had it," Andrew Theriot told News 2 Thursday, after he was asked about the bridge being closed for two years. A state inspection in 2013 revealed rotting pilings supporting the bridge,... more »
  • House Committee approves tax hike for road projects

    May 6, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan to fund road projects in Louisiana is moving forward at the Capitol. A House Committee approved two plans that would mean billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements over the next ten years. Lawmakers are considering a one cent sales tax increase, and a... more »
  • 18-wheeler plunges of Louisiana bridge, bursts into flames

    May 1, 2015 5:11 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- An 18-wheeler fell off a Louisiana river bridge and burst into flames. KPLC-TV reports the truck fell off the eastbound side of the Calcasieu River Bridge on Interstate 10 in Lake Charles Thursday night around 10:45 p.m. The 18-wheeler then caught fire. The condition of the driver is... more »
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Storm blows train cars off Huey P. Long Bridge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 12:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A line of severe thunderstorms continues moving across southeast Louisiana, bringing high winds and power outages and covering some roads with water. Union Pacific tells The Associated Press that at least one car was blown off the approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. Television video from... more »
  • Debris causes closures on Mississippi River Bridge

    April 27, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed parts of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge due to debris blown down by storms Monday morning. The Department of Transportation and Development said scaffolding on the bridge for its recent painting was damaged and knocked down by the the morning's storm. I-10 East... more »
  • Caddo Parish deputies: Body recovered in river

    April 19, 2015 2:47 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Marine Unit has recovered a body of a man who authorities believe jumped from the Texas Street Bridge on Thursday. Sheriff Steve Prator says Deputy Casey Jones located the body around 9 a.m. Sunday, about one mile south of the Texas Street bridge, which... more »
  • Proposed $7 billion tax hike for new bridge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 16, 2015 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Karen St. Germain (D-Pierre Part) wants to add 1% to the state sales by passing a bill to raise $7 billion dollars over 10 years for new road and bridge construction. Germain is chairwoman of the House Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee. She says... more »
  • Beco Road Bridge closed for repairs

    April 6, 2015 1:27 PM

    ST. AMANT - Parish officials said they're closing the Beco Road bridge in Ascension Parish for repairs starting Monday afternoon. Parish President Tommy Martinez said the bridge which crosses the New River Canal at the intersection of Weber City Road will be closed indefinitely starting at 2 p.m. Monday.... more »
  • Police: Driver sets herself on fire, jumps off bridge

    March 13, 2015 1:59 AM

    EUGENE, OR - Police in Eugene, Oregon, say a 39-year-old driver apparently set herself on fire, crashed her car on a bridge and jumped 40 feet to a park below. The woman is being treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital. Someone called 911 Thursday afternoon and reported a... more »
  • Weather forces bridge, road closed

    March 9, 2015 11:28 AM

    JACKSON - Traffic officials closed a West Feliciana Parish highway Monday due to problems caused by the recent wet weather. The Department of Transportation and Development closed LA 965 near Jackson Monday until further notice. DOTD said dirt around a bridge on the highway became unstable, forcing emergency... more »
  • Bridge wreck blocks noon rush traffic on I-10

    March 3, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Transportation officials reopened two lanes of I-10 West across the Mississippi River Bridge after a wreck just before noon snarled traffic. The wreck happened just past the on-ramp from Nicholson onto the bridge and blocked the right and center lanes. Congestion behind the wreck was... more »
  • Accident causes traffic on bridge in Port Allen

    February 28, 2015 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic is backed up in Port Allen right before the bridge due to a accident with a tractor trailer. All lanes are now open after an accident blocked the center lane on I-10 East on the Mississippi River Bridge. It happened around 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.... more »
  • All lanes open on I-10 West bridge

    February 13, 2015 6:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Another traffic headache in the Capital City this morning. All lanes were blocked on I-10 West atop the Mississippi River Bridge because of an accident for over an hour. At the time of this post, two lanes have been re-opened and traffic has begun to slowly... more »
  • St. Francisville bridge to be replaced, so residents aren't stranded

    February 8, 2015 6:55 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some residents who live off of Graham road have to cross the bridge in order to get to their homes. If the bridge goes out or needs emergency repair, it could leave people who live behind it stranded. Graham Road Bridge is on the agenda,... more »
  • With police escort, first cars cross bridge 6 hours after crash

    January 30, 2015 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic started moving on I-10 late Friday, six hours after a crash closed the interstate completely in one direction and slowed traffic in another. Two 18-wheelers and a motorcycle collided in eastbound lanes just across the East Baton Rouge Parish line on the Mississippi River Bridge... more »
  • Zachary bridge to get repairs in late spring check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 29, 2015 5:41 PM

    ZACHARY - A bridge which has been shut down for nearly two years has got some residents getting impatient. The parish said they're on schedule with the process of getting a replacement at the Milldale Road bridge that's over Beaver Creek. Some residents said it's taking too long.... more »
  • Father accused of tossing girl off bridge

    January 8, 2015 1:56 PM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - An attorney for a man accused of throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge says the father was acting strangely and making odd statements the day before. According to a report released Thursday by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, attorney Genevieve Torres said she met with... more »
  • State considering second Plaquemine Ferry check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 29, 2014 4:40 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The state is considering adding a second ferry in the Plaquemine area. The current route connects Plaquemine in Iberville Parish with Sunshine in Ascension Parish. Drivers on the west side of the Mississippi River say it's a headache dealing with Baton Rouge traffic. "We need some... more »
  • FBI notes threat to major bridge at Memphis, Tenn.

    December 23, 2014 5:03 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The FBI says it wants law officers assigned to areas around a Mississippi River bridge at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the span after a vague threat came in warning of an attack. FBI spokesmen said Tuesday the threat against the Interstate 40... more »
  • Audit: La. 1 bridge finances stabilize

    November 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    LEEVILLE - A state audit says the La. 1 bridge in Leeville is collecting more money from tolls after years of under-collecting. The bridge was built partially on money to be repaid through the tolls. But revenue from those tolls lagged, and the state lagged on repaying the debt. Recent... more »
  • Victim ID'd in deadly Causeway wreck

    November 24, 2014 6:43 AM

    MANDEVILLE - St. Tammany Parish authorities have identified the driver of a sport utility vehicle that went over the railing of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway into the water. Divers with the sheriff's office recovered the SUV Sunday afternoon. The driver, 38-year-old David Zapot of Lacombe, was still in the vehicle.... more »
  • Driver dies after bridge collapse

    September 26, 2014 7:26 AM

    DETROIT, MI - Police say the driver of a truck that hit a pedestrian bridge over a Detroit freeway, causing it to collapse, has died. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael A. Shaw told reporters at the scene that the driver died Friday morning following the bridge collapsing onto the Southfield... more »
  • Emergency bridge repairs ordered in W. Feliciana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 12, 2014 6:36 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Emergency repairs were made just in time to a bridge in West Feliciana, after state inspectors found rotting support timbers. The bridge just north of Saint Francisville on Island road was in danger of collapse. Crews were given just 24 hours to repair the damage. ... more »
  • No issues found during 'New Bridge' inspection

    August 25, 2014 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State inspectors said Monday, recent inspections of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge found nothing that alarmed them. The state released limited information about the inspection, at the request of the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit. The full report is not available for public review, a state spokesperson... more »
  • Meeting with engineer first step of considering new river bridge

    August 20, 2014 10:19 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Parish leaders met with an engineer to discuss a study that would investigate the feasibility of a new bridge across the Mississippi River Wednesday. The bridge would connect Iberville and Ascension parishes and help ease traffic congestion on the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the parish... more »
  • Sights set on new Mississippi River bridge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Two parishes have now signed a cooperative endeavor agreement to perform a study for a new Mississippi River bridge. Iberville and Ascension Parishes have set aside a combined $300,000 for a study to assist the Department of Transportation and Development with investigating the feasibility of constructing... more »
  • Tugboat captain killed when crane hits bridge

    August 14, 2014 3:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a tugboat captain is dead after the arm of a crane struck a bridge and fell back onto the tug's pilothouse. Orleans Parish Coroner's spokesman Brian Lapeyrolerie identified the victim as 46-year-old Michael Collins, who was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday.... more »
  • Tugboat captain killed when crane hits bridge

    August 14, 2014 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a tugboat captain is dead after the arm of a crane struck a bridge and fell back onto the tug's pilothouse. The accident happened early Thursday morning on the Industrial Canal north of the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Authorities say the tugboat... more »
  • Lane closure planned on 'New Bridge' this weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 1, 2014 9:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The westbound, outside land of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge will be closed this weekend for a routine bridge inspection. The closures will begin at 6 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. "This bridge is in good shape, but we need... more »
  • Ascension, Iberville could put up money for new bridge study check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 25, 2014 10:08 PM

    GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief. Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study. Based on what Iberville... more »
  • SU considering bridge for damaged road

    June 16, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Southern University in Baton Rouge is trying to beat the school rush by coming up with a possible bridge to go over the washed-out road temporarily on Harrison street. It's been more than two weeks since the damaged road went down due to an old drainage system,... more »
  • Boat hits Causeway bridge, 1 person hurt

    June 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    METAIRIE- Authorities say a woman was hurt when she was thrown from a boat that hit the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The northbound side of the bridge was closed for a short time after a 21-foot fiberglass boat hit the southbound bridge. Officials say the boat, carrying five people, was traveling... more »
  • DOTD: new bridge could be beneficial to traffic

    May 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic leaders said they'll likely look at traffic counts and the other data when studying the feasibility of a new bridge over the Mississippi River. The Department of Transportation and Development talked about the proposal Thursday, a day after state lawmakers backed a resolution requesting an additional... more »
  • Ex-aide set to testify in Christie bridge scandal

    May 20, 2014 2:14 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey legislators investigating lane closings at the George Washington Bridge are set to hear from a former aide who worked in the office of Gov. Chris Christie and on his re-election campaign. Matt Mowers has been ordered to appear Tuesday and is the fifth person subpoenaed... more »
  • Residents relieved Grosse Tete Bridge is back open check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 19, 2014 4:01 PM

    GROSSE TETE - With the Grosse Tete bridge now open, residents are glad they do not have to use alternatives to cross the Intracoastal Canal. Michael Vitale says it's like night and day now that the state reopened the Grosse Tete Bridge, which was damaged by a barge Feb.... more »
  • Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

    May 14, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling Hudson River bridge to try to pressure Congress into giving America's roads, bridges and ports an infusion of cash. The Tappan Zee Bridge outside New York City is in dire need of replacement nearly six decades after being built.... more »
  • Traffic trouble concerns WBR businesses check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2014 6:18 PM

    ADDIS - Traffic pains in West Baton Rouge, leave businesses and commuters looking for help. The West Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce met with the Capitol Area Planning Commission to ask for help with congestion on Hwy 1 near I-10. "It should be higher than 'priority c'... more »
  • LSP: Avoid Sunshine Bridge after wide load mishap

    April 15, 2014 8:36 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Traffic leaving the city, headed east can not use the Sunshine Bridge since all but on lane of the bridge over the Mississippi River are closed. State Police told drivers to avoid the area and use alternate routes late Tuesday. Immediately after the incident, only traffic headed into... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge down to 2 lanes for next 2 years

    March 26, 2014 5:50 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Both directions of traffic on the Sunshine Bridge have been consolidated to the westbound side of the Mississippi River crossing in St. James Parish. The switch moves traffic completely to the upriver side of the bridge. Michael Ricca, project engineer with Gulf Engineers and Consultants Inc., says the... more »
  • Sunshine bridge worker dies from fall

    March 12, 2014 3:17 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A 36-year-old man working on the Sunshine Bridge repair project died Sunday after he fell approximately 100 feet from the bridge, the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office said. Marcos Rodregues, who address was not known, was pronounced dead at Prevost Hospital in Donaldsonville shortly after the 3:45 pm... more »

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