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  • All lanes now open on Greenwell Springs Road

    July 25, 2016 7:13 AM

    CENTRAL - All lanes are open on Greenwell Springs Road. Greenwell Springs Road was closed on Monday morning in both directions between Denham Road and Liberty Road due to an accident. A concrete mixer truck hit a curb and flipped over while traveling on Greenwell Springs Road. Louisiana... more »
  • DHH closes EBR Health Unit after mold detected

    July 7, 2016 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health announced Thursday morning that it is suspending all services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit located on the corner of North 12th Street and Florida Boulevard after potentially dangerous mold was discovered in the facility. Earlier this week, the department... more »
  • Justice Dept. closes Clinton email probe with no charges

    July 6, 2016 6:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Hillary Clinton email investigation is being closed without any criminal charges. Lynch announced the Justice Department decision Wednesday, one day after FBI Director James Comey recommended against any prosecution. The decision was largely a formality given Comey's public statement on the case.... more »
  • Pei Wei restaurant closes in BR; to close all locations in state

    June 28, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Pei Wei Asian Diner, a sister restaurant of P.F. Chang's, is closing all three of its locations in Louisiana. The restaurant has locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Metairie. The Baton Rouge location in Acadian Village Shopping Center on Perkins Road and the New Orleans location... more »
  • Westbound lanes of Skip Bertman Dr. closed due to roadway failure

    June 16, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials in East Baton Rouge Parish say a failure in the roadway has resulted in a closure of part of Skip Bertman Drive near LSU effective immediately. The closure affects Skip Bertman Drive between River Road and Nicholson Drive. Both westbound lanes will be closed,... more »
  • Stalled vehicle causes major delays on I-10

    June 15, 2016 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Commuters might want to take an alternate route this morning as a stalled vehicle forced the closure of the center lane of I-10 at the Mississippi River Bridge. Conjestion has reached to I-10 at South Acadian Thruway. Motorist are encouraged to use US 190 as an... more »
  • LA 1 North at Intracoastal Canal open after car fire caused closure

    June 1, 2016 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LA 1 North at the Intracoastal Canal Bridge re-opened after it was closed to traffic due to a vehicle fire. Traffic is still backed up to three miles in length. Stay with WBRZ on Facebook and Twitter for traffic updates. more »
  • Repairs to begin on closed I-10 West access ramp near Sorrento

    April 28, 2016 4:24 PM

    SORRENTO - State Senator Eddie Lambert says work will begin soon to repair the US 61 northbound access ramp to I-10 westbound near Sorrento. The ramp has remained closed since October 2015 after a construction vehicle with an over-height load collided with the ramp’s structure. “According to the... more »
  • Turn lane of LA 73 near LA 42 to be closed for three weeks

    April 18, 2016 5:01 PM

    PRARIEVILLE - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced that the turn lane of northbound LA 73 onto east LA 42 will be closed for the next three weeks. The turn lane will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for three weeks while construction crews install a sewer... more »
  • DOTD: Scenic Hwy to be closed Thursday and Friday

    March 31, 2016 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD announced that US 61 (Scenic Hwy) will be closed at the railroad track from Thursday, Mar. 31 to Friday, Apr. 1. The Highway will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for track repairs on the railroad. DOTD advises the following detours: Northbound... more »
  • DOTD: LA 30 near Gonzales now open after closed due to down power lines

    March 30, 2016 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD tweeted that LA 30 is closed due to down power lines Wednesday morning. DOTD states that both directions of LA 30 will be closed east of I-10 (Gonzales) and advises drivers to take an alternative route. LA 30 is closed in both directions east... more »
  • I-10 opened in both directions at Louisiana-Texas border

    March 18, 2016 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Police announced I-10 is now open in both directions at the Louisiana-Texas border. The westbound direction reopened first, followed by the eastbound lanes a couple of hours late I10 westbound now open at Louisiana/Texas state line — Louisiana DOTD (@La_DOTD) March 18,... more »
  • Three area school districts reopen Tuesday

    March 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Public schools resume classes Tuesday in Livingston, Tangipahoa and Ascension parishes. The school district closed schools last Friday and Monday because of severe weather and flooding. High water made it difficult for students, teachers and bus drivers to move around the parish. District... more »
  • Safety priority when considering closing school Play Video

    March 10, 2016 11:01 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - Several school systems and universities across the area have canceled class Friday. Ascension, Livingston, Saint Helena, Tangipahoa, East Feliciana and Saint James Parish public schools are all closed. East Baton Rouge Parish is closed, but the closure was already scheduled as a workshop day for... more »
  • Schools in several parishes closed Friday

    March 10, 2016 4:17 PM

    With several roads closed due to heavy rainfall and storms still rolling through, multiple parishes have announced their public schools will be closed on Friday. St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishes have announced they'll remain closed due to flooding. Private schools... more »
  • Coast Guard reopens stretch of Miss. River near Plaquemines Parish

    January 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says they reopened the Mississippi River to one-way traffic for a stretch of the river near West Pointe à la Hache Thursday night. Vessels planning to travel the area from mile marker 50 to mile marker 52 should contact the tow vessel Kyle... more »
  • Volunteers remove BREC park graffiti

    December 22, 2015 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BREC officials said despite heavy rain, volunteers came out to their Extreme Sports Park to remove graffiti painted on the skate park over the weekend. BREC said skaters who frequently used the park were the ones who cleaned it up. "They are true ambassadors of... more »
  • Highland Rd. near LSU closed for emergency sewer line repairs

    December 21, 2015 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Motorists who travel through LSU’s campus as a part of their regular schedule may need to alter their route as traffic workers have closed part of Highland Road to perform emergency sewer line repairs. Highland Road between South Stadium Drive and Tower Drive near Parker Coliseum... more »
  • I-10E closure caps day of delays, previews more to come

    December 1, 2015 7:06 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police closed I-10 East entirely between Lafayette and Baton Rouge after a wreck involving multiple vehicles Tuesday evening. The closure capped a day filled with wrecks, congestion, and delays for drivers trying to travel between the two cities. At one point traffic was backed... more »
  • 11-mile traffic jam reported after wreck on I-10E

    November 13, 2015 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said a wreck on I-10 East caused an 11-mile backup coming into Baton Rouge Friday evening. The Department of Transportation and Development said I-10 East was closed around 5:45 p.m. due to the wreck at the I-10 / I-110 split. Details about what... more »
  • Final day of Voodoo Fest canceled due to rain

    November 1, 2015 1:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -- The final day of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experienced has been canceled because of "dangerous weather conditions," the festival announced Sunday morning. "Fan safety is the top priority for the producers of the festival and current conditions at City Park do not meet our standards... more »
  • Amite River, Diversion Canal closed to recreational boat traffic Play Video

    October 26, 2015 2:54 PM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish announced Monday that the Amite River and Diversion Canal waterways will be closed to recreational boat traffic effective immediately and will remain closed until further notice. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez signed an executive order Monday morning after officials decided to suspect recreational... more »
  • Section of Highway 73 closed for railroad repairs

    September 30, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A section of Highway 73 in Geismar was shut down early Wednesday morning for repairs to the railroad crossing. The road will be closed between Highway 30 and River Road. DOTD advises drivers to use LA 57 and LA 30 as alternate routes. The road will reopen Saturday,... more »
  • Person hit, killed by 18-wheeler on I-12

    September 3, 2015 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said one person died after they were hit by an 18-wheeler on I-12 East Thursday morning in East Baton Rouge Parish. Traffic officials closed I-12 East at Airline Highway for the wreck, which happened just before 11 a.m. Cars were being diverted off the interstate... more »
  • Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil in Kentucky

    September 3, 2015 11:56 AM

    PADUCAH, Ky. - The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats. The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying... 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 »
  • School out for 2-3 weeks after East St. John fire

    August 14, 2015 7:32 AM

    LAPLACE - School officials said some students will be out of class for up to three weeks after a fire at the East St. John the Baptist Parish Elementary School campus. Jennifer Boquet, a spokesperson for the parish school system, said students from East St. John have to be... more »
  • Train accident closes Airline Highway near South Choctaw Drive

    July 31, 2015 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Airline Highway was briefly closed in both directions near South Choctaw Drive due to an accident involving a train. The Department of Transportation and Development reported that traffic was backed up for more than two miles to Plank Road on US 61 South and Tom Drive... more »
  • Tilted train closes parts of LA 1 near Plaquemine

    July 29, 2015 1:58 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Traffic officials closed LA 1 between Addis and Plaquemine after a train tilted on its tracks early Wednesday afternoon. A Union Pacific spokesperson said the incident happened within the train yard at Dow Chemical after 12:30 p.m. Service roads in the area connected to LA 1... more »
  • Hammond council refuses to allow bars to open on Sundays

    July 22, 2015 8:30 AM

    HAMMOND- Establishments that serve only alcoholic drinks will remain shuttered in Hammond on Sundays. The city council decided Tuesday against adopting an ordinance that would have changed the years-old law. Despite pleas from a long procession of speakers advocating a Sunday open bar policy, the council voted 3-2 to reject... more »
  • Road repair and rain create EBR traffic nightmare

    June 25, 2015 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What started as an emergency highway repair Thursday morning turned into a wet, miles-long snarl of bumper to bumper traffic in East Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development sent out a notice around 10 a.m. that one lane would be closed on I-10 West... more »
  • 18-wheeler crash causes night-long I-10 closure

    June 19, 2015 6:49 PM

    UPDATE - I-10 was opened at 3 am. WHISKEY BAY - An interstate closure lingered into late Friday night and could last until early Saturday morning after multiple 18-wheelers wrecked earlier in the day. I-10 West closed shortly before 6 p.m. at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin... more »
  • Highland Road to close Monday for 'Underground' filming

    June 4, 2015 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Filming for a new television series will close Highland Road between Dalrymple Drive Monday. Highland Road will be closed between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday near the LSU parade grounds. The Baton Rouge Department of Public Works advises drivers to take an alternate route from... 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 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 »
  • Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row

    May 29, 2015 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week's trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs. Judge Kern Reese, who ruled Friday in New Orleans civil court, says he carefully weighed the... more »
  • Flipped RV closes I-10E past Gonzales

    May 11, 2015 12:04 PM

    SORRENTO - State Police said an overturned recreational vehicle caused traffic to stack up on I-10 East starting at milepost 189 about 10 miles east of Gonzales Monday morning. Troopers announced all lanes of I-10E were back open shortly after 12:30 p.m. when vehicle recovery efforts were completed. ... more »
  • Semi-snarl moving after I-10 West re-opens

    April 30, 2015 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Westbound I-10 traffic got off to a creeping start, following an hour-long standstill, caused by a tanker wreck. The wreck happened Thursday afternoon during rush hour, between Dalrymple Drive and Perkins Road. Traffic was backed up on both I-10 and I-12, which then caused traffic on... more »
  • Assumption slammed by Monday's severe weather Play Video

    April 27, 2015 4:34 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Parish officials declared an emergency after storms uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and damaged homes in Assumption Parish Monday. The parish school system said all schools would close Tuesday because of the widespread power outages. All government offices and court cases in the parish Tuesday were... more »
  • Sandbags out in flood areas

    April 14, 2015 12:12 PM

    GONZALES - Flash flood warnings and high water led Ascension Parish authorities to close some roads and make sandbags available for residents Tuesday. The sheriff's office said Donaldsonville and West Bank residents dealing with high water can pick up sandbags at the West Bank Public Works Barn located on... more »
  • Two truckers ticketed in crash that closed 42 miles of I-10

    April 8, 2015 1:40 PM

    WHISKEY BAY - State Police ticketed two truck drivers after a crash they caused created a 42-mile long blockade of I-10 Wednesday. The drivers of two semis were cited with following too close. They collided with each other in a wreck that also involved a pick-up at the westbound... 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 »
  • EMS: not sure what to expect with Tuesday's ER closure Play Video

    March 30, 2015 8:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City closes its doors early Tuesday morning. Ahead of the 7 a.m. closure, EMS says it isn't sure what to expect just yet, but have had to make the adjustment before, when Earl K. Long Hospital closed in... more »
  • US 190 reopens after WBR crash

    March 25, 2015 10:30 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Authorities fully reopened US 190 in West Baton Rouge Parish after a wreck between two 18-wheelers shut the highway down this morning. State Police said after 6 a.m. one big rig rear-ended another on US 190 between between LA 983 and South Winterville Road. The trucks... more »
  • Movie shoot to cause street closures Tuesday

    March 23, 2015 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mayor-President's Office said a movie shoot will close downtown street Tuesday morning. The office said Third Street between Convention and Florida will have intermittent closures from 1 a.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday for the film "A Dying Art." BRPD will handle... more »
  • Pirates closing for summer

    March 10, 2015 7:51 PM

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA- Visitors to Disney World in Orlando won't be seeing Captain Jack Sparrow this summer. The popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride will close from mid-May through the end of September for a routine refurbishment. Disney say the repairs are not safety related. The ride was also... 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 »
  • Some park pools to remain closed for summer

    March 8, 2015 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Due to budgetary constraints, swimming pools at Chemin-A-Haut, Lake Bistineau, Lake D'Arbonne and North Toledo Bend state parks will not open for summer 2015. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's office, in a news release, said the closure does not impact the wave pool at Bayou Segnette State Park... more »
  • East Feliciana closes school Tuesday Play Video

    February 23, 2015 8:26 PM

    CLINTON - School officials said they were closing public schools over concerns with forecast winter weather Tuesday. East Feliciana Parish Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 24. The closure was also for parish school offices. Staff and students are told to stay home. The parish is under... more »
  • Hazardous materials transfer closes road

    February 20, 2015 11:05 AM

    LIVONIA - Louisiana State Police asked drivers to avoid a section of US 190 in Pointe Coupee Parish until after lunch while crews work to remove a stuck 18-wheeler that ran off the roadway. Troopers said two tanker trucks were transferring hazardous material at US 190 just east of... more »
  • DOTD to close some north La. highways overnight

    February 16, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials said they plan to close several highways in northwest Louisiana as wintry weather moves through the state overnight. The Department of Transportation and Development said they're also preparing salt, sand and scout trucks to deal with possible sleet or freezing conditions early Tuesday... more »
  • Weekend construction may cause traffic & delays

    February 14, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to traffic officials, the westbound lanes of LA 427 at Old Perkins Road near Bayou Manchac will be closed until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and development says the closure is due to a drainage installation. Officials say only one... more »
  • All lanes open on Mississippi River Bridge

    January 31, 2015 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are open on the Mississippi River Bridge after a tractor trailer blocked the right lane of I-10 East and an accident blocked the center lane just shortly afterwards. The closures happened just a few hours after the right lane on I-10 West was reopened... more »
  • Wrecks slow, shut down highways around Baton Rouge

    January 30, 2015 1:17 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Two wrecks slowed traffic or shut down highways around the Baton Rouge area Friday morning. Traffic along I-10 East into Ascension Parish remained backed up around noon after a dump truck overturned on the shoulder of the road. The truck was hauling gravel and no one was... more »
  • Head-on crash closes highway near New Roads

    January 8, 2015 12:46 PM

    VENTRESS - State Police said a head-on collision sent two people to the hospital and closed a highway near New Roads around 11 a.m. Troopers said two vehicles collided on LA 415 north of LA 413 in Pointe Coupee Parish. The road was shut down at that location while... more »
  • Washington Monument reopens after leak at entrance

    December 29, 2014 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Washington Monument has reopened after being temporarily closed to visitors because of a leak above the security screening room at the entrance. National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said the leak affected the X-ray machines Monday morning and was potentially compromising security procedures. The monument reopened just... more »
  • Interstate reopens, traffic backed-up from merge to split

    December 19, 2014 6:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - According to DOTD, I-10 West is closed at the I-10/I-110 merge because of an accident. Officials say traffic has backed-up to Dalrymple as a result. You should use an alternate route if you're headed that way this morning. We'll update you as soon as the roadway... more »
  • London air control computer failure resolved

    December 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    LONDON - NATS, Britain's national air traffic body, says the computer problem that touched off troubles in the system has been fixed and it is in the process of returning to normal operations. The agency says "we apologize for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused." London's airspace... more »
  • I-10 West back open after wreck near Grosse Tete

    December 4, 2014 10:15 AM

    GROSSE TETE - State Police reopened the westbound lanes of I-10 in Iberville Parish nearly seven hours after a wreck with two 18-wheelers blocked the highway. Troopers said one of the big rig drivers would be cited for following too closely, which State Police said led to the wreck.... more »
  • Ferguson protest closes huge St. Louis-area mall

    November 28, 2014 4:15 PM

    FERGUSON, MO - Officials temporarily closed a large shopping mall near St. Louis amid a protest triggered by a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. At least 200 protesters gathered on one of the busiest shopping days of the... more »
  • Large flightless bird closes Indiana highway

    October 28, 2014 11:06 AM

    PERU, IN - Police say a large flightless bird forced the closing of a northern Indiana highway for about 10 minutes while officers and motorists tried to corral it. The 5-foot-tall bird called a rhea escaped from a farm Monday and ran onto U.S. 24 near Peru, about 80 miles... more »
  • Magnolia Bridge closed due to gas leak

    October 15, 2014 3:57 PM

    CENTRAL - The fire department in Central closed Magnolia Bridge Road between Wax Road and Greenwell Springs due to a gas leak shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Central FD confirmed on their Facebook page that the natural gas leak required the closure of the 16000 block of Magnolia... more »

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