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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
March 6, 2014 12:17 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish leaders have started work on a plan to get people across the Intracoastal Canal while the Grosse Tete bridge remains closed.
News 2 was shown the plan Thursday near Plaquemine.
Crews are working on platforms and ramps on each side of the canal and... more »
March 3, 2014 5:29 PM
GROSSE TETE - Iberville Parish leaders said Monday they're making travel across the Intracoastal Canal their top priority.
The heavily traveled bridge can no longer safely support vehicles after a barge struck it Friday night. A typically 20-minute drive into Plaquemine now takes some people more than an hour.... more »
March 2, 2014 5:49 PM
GROSSE TETE - People in lower Iberville Parish feel stuck after a barge knocked out a bridge over the Intracoastal Canal.
The barge struck the bridge Friday night near Grosse Tete. Now a typically 20 minute drive to cross the canal to Plaquemine will take more than an hour.... more »
February 28, 2014 11:26 PM
GROSSE TETE- A back-country route out of lower Iberville Parish is shutdown due to a boat's collision with the bridge over the Intracoastal Canal Friday.
Sheriff Brett Stassi said no one was injured, but the swing mechanism on the bridge that connects Bayou Jacob Road to Highway 77 was... more »
February 24, 2014 3:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Residents want answers after construction work on the Woodlake Drive bridge has lingered on for nearly two years.
People who spoke with WBRZ News 2 today said the construction has wasted their time and money.
"It grates on your nerves, I mean first couple months...... more »
February 12, 2014 12:25 AM
HOLDEN- Livingston road officials are not sure when a long-awaited road project will be finished.
Crews have been working on the bridge along James Chapel Road since September. It was supposed to be finished about a month after it was started in September, but the bridge is still not... more »
January 31, 2014 11:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- There will be lane closures on the I-10 Mississippi bridge this weekend so crews can fix damages left from the winter storm earlier this week.
Raised pavement markers will be replaced Saturday and Sunday. Work is estimated to take place in both directions from 11 a.m. until... more »
January 24, 2014 9:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The icy conditions closed many roads and bridges Friday. Drivers waited in line for hours cross the 190 bridge after the Mississippi River bridge closed completely. The only sure way to get across the river is the Plaquemine Ferry.
Even then, it's a long wait.
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December 20, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- Friday, the North Boulevard overpass near downtown was renamed to honor an eleven year old who died this year after battling cancer.
Before he died, Trevor Sims wanted to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge. He did it by appearing on WBRZ News 2 and encouraging people... more »
November 14, 2013 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - DOTD officials in East Baton Rouge Parish have announced the Redwood Creek bridge on Lemon Road between Jacock Road and Lemon B Road is now closed for repairs.
No word on how long the bridge will be closed.
Drivers are urged to use Jacock Road... more »
November 14, 2013 7:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A man and his 7-month-old son were shot and killed in an apparent ambush on a New Orleans bridge. Police spokesman Frank B. Robertson III says someone opened fire on the 25-year-old man Wednesday night as he rode in the back seat of a black Honda Accord... more »
November 6, 2013 12:21 PM
WEST MONROE - Classes at the Louisiana Delta Community College in West Monroe have resumed after a bridge collapse this weekend.
Ouachita Parish Public Works employees have created a detour around the bridge.
The News-Star reports that the bridge on Vocational Parkway collapsed late Saturday under the weight... more »
November 5, 2013 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders will begin discussing honoring a deceased child by naming a bridge for him.
Councilwoman Tara Wicker wants the overpass on North Boulevard between 10th and 19th to be named the Trevor Sims Memorial Bridge.
Sims, 11, died from cancer in October. He was... more »
September 19, 2013 2:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state is reworking its financing plans for a south Louisiana toll bridge that has been riddled with problems, to keep the tolls from rising beyond the current schedule. The State Bond Commission approved the pieces of the $176 million debt restructuring plan Thursday for La. Highway 1... more »
September 17, 2013 8:58 PM
RAMAH- The interstate is closed to traffic heading from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in Iberville Parish because of a vehicle fire.
> UPDATE at 9:37 : The left lane has opened on I-10 West but the right lane remains blocked. Congestion has reached approx 4 miles.
State Police... more »
September 13, 2013 12:50 PM
PORT ALLEN - Boats from the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office searched the Mississippi River today for a man who reportedly jumped off the I-10 bridge.
Authorities said the man jumped around 11:30 a.m. after parking his vehicle on the bridge.
The incident closed one lane of... more »
August 25, 2013 11:34 AM
THIBODAUX - The Tiger Drive Bridge will close after the Labor Day holiday as replacement of the span begins. Mayor Tommy Eschete tells The Daily Comet the bridge will close Sept. 3. Construction of its replacement is expected to take about 8 months. Thibodaux businesses and residents have long complained... more »
August 23, 2013 10:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers closed the Frenchtown Road Bridge over Beaver Bayou in East Baton Rouge Parish today for emergency repairs.
DPW said drivers should take an alternate route from Central Thruway, to Greenwell Springs Road, to Morgan Road, to Thibodeaux Road, to Planchet Road, to Frenchtown Road.... more »
August 20, 2013 10:38 PM
CENTRAL- People took a look at a proposed new route across the Amite River Tuesday night.
Engineers revealed plans for a new bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge. Once it crosses the river into Livingston, the highway would... more »
August 18, 2013 5:23 PM
WATSON - A proposed bridge would connect the Central and Watson communities if everything goes according to plans.
The 5.5 mile bridge would cross the Amite River three miles north of the Magnolia Road Bridge giving motorists another way to get across the river.
"It's booming out here... more »
August 13, 2013 5:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - A failing bridge in Baton Rouge is being repaired and causing headaches.
Workers said repairs to the bridge on Cedarcrest Avenue off Coursey Boulevard will be an inconvenience to drivers for at least two weeks.
Crews have to replace deteriorating wood supporting the aging bridge.... more »
August 9, 2013 10:57 PM
LIVINGSTON- Dangerous bridges are getting the attention of engineers and construction crews.
Seven have been added to a list needing immediate repairs. Already, work has begun on one bridge.
Inspectors said rot and decay have destroyed pilings. Some have been closed and others have had the posted weight... more »
August 8, 2013 8:41 AM
METAIRIE - The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is predicting a slight decrease in toll revenue for the fiscal year beginning Nov. 1.
That's according to a $21.7 million budget approved Wednesday by the bridge commission.
Tolls are projected to bring in $15.9 million during the next fiscal year, a... more »
August 5, 2013 10:52 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Parish leaders hope to begin work on a new bridge for Wax Road by the end of 2013.
Monday, plans entered the review phase. A new bridge will be built to replace on that has been deemed dangerous.
The bridge on Wax Road, near Vincent Road,... more »
July 31, 2013 2:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Public works officials closed a bridge in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish for emergency repairs this afternoon.
DPW said the McCullough Road Bridge just west of Joor Road will be closed until further notice as they repair it.
They said drivers can... more »
June 28, 2013 12:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - A crash blocked I-10 West on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge for a short while just before noon, according to Louisiana State Police.
The wreck was initially reported as a "major" crash through the LSP Nixle alert system which closed the interstate at mile marker 128 near... more »
June 25, 2013 11:51 AM
HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish residents frustrated by the Westside Boulevard Bridge will be getting relief. At Monday night's Terrebonne Parish Council meeting, The Courier reports the council voted unanimously to accept ownership of the bridge and turn it into a four-lane, two-way bridge to ease traffic. Councilman Greg Hood says... more »
June 16, 2013 4:13 PM
JEFFERSON, La. - More than 2,000 runners and walkers from around Louisiana crossed the Huey P. Long Bridge on foot. The first drivers - in vintage and modern cars - were about 20 people who had walked across the bridge when it first opened in 1935. It was all part... more »
June 11, 2013 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- People want answers after a bridge in their neighborhood has been closed for more than a year without the repairs they were promised.
According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, work on the Woodlake Drive bridge was delayed due to problems with utility relocation and... more »
June 9, 2013 10:28 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon group is pushing city officials to put anti-suicide barriers on an arch bridge that has been the site of three suicides already this year. The group, called Friends of The Vista Bridge, includes some who live and work near the majestic span west of downtown... more »
May 30, 2013 4:11 PM
LIVINGSTON - A $3.4 million dollar grant will fund the reconstruction of seven residential bridges in Livingston Parish.
Director of Public Works Sam Digirolamo says the city has been applying small fixes to the bridges such as lowering their loads for the past five years, but it's time for... more »
May 29, 2013 11:33 AM
MONROE - Many Ouachita Parish motorists are facing a major change. Beginning Saturday, the Lea Joyner Bridge on Monroe's heavily traveled Louisville Avenue will close for eight weeks. The bridge will be closed for two separate four-week periods for critical repairs. The News-Star reports that it will be the first... more »
May 28, 2013 6:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - There's concern about the safety of bridges in Baton Rouge after a section of bridge collapsed in Washington State last week, sending cars and people into the water.
"I'm really concerned about the safety of my family," said Darryl Ross.
The National Bridge Inventory Database... more »
May 23, 2013 10:11 PM
NEAR SEATTLE, Wash.- Cars and people are reportedly in the water after a bridge over a river collapsed Thursday evening.
An unknown number of people were injured when the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River apparently failed.
Authorities said the bridge fell sometime before 7 p.m. (Washington... more »
May 22, 2013 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - A wreck involving a flipped vehicle caused traffic to back up this morning on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge.
The Department of Transportation and Development reported the wreck on I-10 East flipped a car and forced authorities to close some lanes in both directions.... more »
May 7, 2013 8:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - With the Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated, state transportation officials are continuing work on a traffic plan for the toll plaza.
Voters rejected a 20-year extension of the tolls Saturday after the second vote on the issue.
The Department of Transportation and Development tells The... more »
May 5, 2013 10:45 AM
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Authorities say five people were killed and five others survived after a limousine caught on fire on a San Francisco Bay area bridge late Saturday night. California Highway Patrol Officer Amelia Jack tells KGO-TV that five victims who were trapped in the burning limousine died. Five... more »
April 17, 2013 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities reopened I-10 West this evening after a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge closed it for more than an hour.
The Department of Transportation and Development said several vehicles were involved, including multiple tractor trailers.
Traffic was diverted north at the I-10 and I-110... more »
April 1, 2013 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Construction on a bridge, connecting White Oak Landing to Harrell's Ferry Road, officially began March 18, 2013, when the bridge was demolished.
East Baton Rouge planned to close the bridge in 2013, and build a new one, but the bridge was closed in May 2011, after... more »
April 1, 2013 10:40 AM
PORT ALLEN - Opinions vary among local and state officials whether or not a proposed "West Bank Connector" can get off the ground this legislative session. Wilfred Barry, president of the SJB Group, a Baton Rouge design firm, is working with six parishes on a plan that would bring an... more »
March 22, 2013 9:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Crews will be inspecting the Horace Wilkinson Bridge, also known as the "New Bridge," where I-10 crosses the Mississippi River Saturday and Sunday.
It's a routine inspection. Crews have been checking out other bridges in the area.
Expect one eastbound lane to be closed for the... more »
March 7, 2013 7:49 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials say a suspension of bridge tolls at the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans means pink slips for 31 temporary workers hired pending the outcome of a contested November referendum. The Department of Transportation and Development, which runs the bridge, said Wednesday the layoffs... more »
February 22, 2013 7:19 PM
An Ascension Parish bridge on David Drive near Manchac Acre Road will be closed for months while crews replace it.
"If it's deemed that the bridge is unsafe then they'll shut the bridge down," Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon said. On Monday, crews will replace the 17-plank-wooden bridge with... more »
February 21, 2013 12:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge removed a woman who was impeding noontime interstate traffic on the Mississippi River Bridge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the woman was removed safely from the bridge a short time ago.
According to DOTD, westbound I-10 traffic is backed up to the... more »
February 19, 2013 11:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The vote to approve a 20-year extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls has been upheld.
There was a partial recount of nearly 4,000 paper ballots in Orleans Parish.
The official 18-vote margin was extended by 18 votes out of more than 308,000 ballots cast... more »
February 13, 2013 10:11 AM
GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension and Livingston will hold meetings next week to discuss an upcoming feasibility study on constructing a new pathway between the parishes.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez made the announcement today.
Officials say the study will look at the impacts of building a new... more »
January 14, 2013 12:45 PM
HOLDEN - Public works crews started repairs to bridges damaged by high water in Livingston Parish.
Crews went out this morning to the Frank Ballard Road Bridge, one of several in the Holden area which were damaged. Parish DPW crews said the bridge floated about four feet off its... more »
January 8, 2013 1:30 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - The pilot of the empty oil tanker that grazed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had three minor shipping mishaps previously. California Board of Pilot Commissioners records show that pilot Guy Kleess was at fault for two of the accidents. In one, a dock in the Port of... more »
January 7, 2013 4:32 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials say the ship that hit the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was not carrying oil as cargo, only fuel to power its engines. The ship struck a tower of the bridge's western span around 11:20 a.m. Monday. Coast Guard and transportation officials say there were no reports... more »
January 6, 2013 11:16 AM
UPDATE: All westbound lanes crossing the river are open. Eastbound lanes will be intermittingly closed to remove vehicles involved in crash.
BATON ROUGE - A crash this morning closed all lanes of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge into East Baton Rouge Parish.
The multi-vehicle crash involves an 18-wheeler... more »
January 3, 2013 5:26 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A Livingston Parish woman told News 2 today she was eternally grateful for three heroic first responders who pulled her from a fiery wreck.
Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, St. George firefighter Jonathon Dixon was leaving home and heading toward a part-time job when he noticed smoke... more »
January 3, 2013 10:35 AM
PORT ALLEN - Traffic officials closed one lane of the Intracoastal Bridge in Port Allen this morning for emergency repairs.
Traffic engineers with DOTD said they closed the northbound right lane of La. 1 starting at 10 a.m. for emergency work repairing a bridge joint.
The lane closure... more »
January 1, 2013 10:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The new year is bringing free rush-hour tow trucks to help keep traffic flowing on one of the nation's busiest bridges. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says a tow truck will be stationed on the Crescent City Connection Bridge for three hours in the morning... more »
December 28, 2012 12:06 PM
ALEXANDRIA - Deputies say a 23-year-old Tioga man has been booked with arson in connection with a March 2011 fire that damaged a bridge. The Town Talk reports Trenton Lloyd Malone faces three counts of simple arson over $500. The fire on March 26, 2011, burned the bridge spanning Rigolette... more »
December 21, 2012 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials are trying to negotiate a $174 million federal loan to ease problems in paying for a toll bridge in south Louisiana. The $371 million bridge, which opened in 2009, is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Leeville and crosses Bayou Lafourche, just west of Grand... more »
December 10, 2012 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Rescue units responded to reports that a car drove off a frontage road between the Mall of Louisiana and I-10 East and was submerged in water.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokesperson Casey Hicks said a witness called firefighters about the wreck around 1:35 p.m. They... more »
December 6, 2012 12:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department has appointed a veteran prosecutor to investigate allegations that the U.S. attorney's office conducted a smear campaign and leaked information to news organizations during the case against police officers accused of deadly shootings at a bridge shortly after Hurricane Katrina. John Horn, first assistant... more »
December 4, 2012 10:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials have allowed up to 300,000 cars and trucks to use a troubled toll bridge in far south Louisiana without operators paying. That's according to a report issued on Monday. In addition, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in an 18-page review that state officials failed... more »
November 20, 2012 3:16 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of Crescent City Connection tolls have ask Jefferson Parish officials to challenge referendum results. The Nov. 6 referendum to extend the tolls passed by a 16 vote margin. Stop the Tolls and the Voters League of Unincorporated West Jefferson contend a formal canvass of the election... more »
November 13, 2012 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Tolls on the Crescent City Connection will continue for another 20 years after elections officials counted and certified final results Tuesday from the highly contested Nov. 6 referendum. The Times-Picayune reports approval of the extension hung on an eight-vote margin until Tuesday, when the final difference rose... more »
November 7, 2012 5:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - It could be this weekend before New Orleans area commuters know whether they will have to keep paying tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge. Secretary of State figures show a ballot item extending the tolls for 20 years had eight more "yes" votes than "no" votes.... more »