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  • Overturned semi closes EBR-Livingston connector

    September 10, 2014 7:23 PM

    WATSON- State Police closed the intersection of Magnolia Beach Road, Magnolia Bridge Road and La. 1019 Wednesday evening after a semi overturned at the end of rush hour. The highway closed shortly before 6 p.m. and was closed until about 8:30 p.m. A WBRZ photographer on the scene... more »
  • Fallen trees cleared, I-12 reopens Play Video

    September 2, 2014 10:53 PM

    ALBANY- Westbound lanes of I-12 closed Tuesday night and authorities warned drivers to stay off the interstate until early Wednesday morning because trees fell onto the highway. A State Police advisory reported at about 10:30 that I-12 between Albany and Holden had closed to Baton Rouge-bound traffic. "Expect... more »
  • Fire with yellow smoke shuts down Florida Blvd.

    August 25, 2014 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters closed a highway and evacuated a business near an underground fire Monday in Baton Rouge. A fire department spokesperson said they received a report of yellow smoke coming from a fire in a drain on Florida Boulevard. Witnesses told News 2 they saw flames and... more »
  • Lane closure planned on 'New Bridge' this weekend 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 »
  • I-110 South open again after 18-wheeler crash

    July 30, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A major accident involving two 18-wheelers and one passenger vehicle closed I-110 South at North 9th Street shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, according to LADOTD. LADOTD provided an updated at 1 p.m. that reported the right lane was back open with the left still... more »
  • Plaquemine ferry shut down for repairs

    June 23, 2014 12:06 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The ferry between Plaquemine and Sunshine is out of service while repairs are being made. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Development says a part on one of the vessel's generators must be replaced. Crews haven't been able to find one locally and are... more »
  • Sheriff: expect lengthy ordeal around well leak site

    June 20, 2014 7:56 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The company responsible for a well that is leaking off Highway 75 will evaluate the situation and formulate a plan to deal with the danger, the sheriff said Friday night. Highway 75 has been closed south of the city because of the situation. "[The highway] is shutdown... more »
  • Waterways opening for the weekend raise concern for residents Play Video

    June 4, 2014 6:44 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Water ways in Ascension, Livingston and St. James will all be open by Thursday at noon. Blind River is open in St. James Parish. Parish officials in Livingston and Ascension Parishes said all water ways in their area will be deemed safe for recreational use by... more »
  • Parish officials announce schedule for reopening waterways

    June 4, 2014 4:03 PM

    GONZALES - Officials with Ascension, Livingston and St. James parishes announced the schedule for reopening the Blind River and all other inland waterways to recreational boat traffic on Wednesday. The Blind River will reopen for recreational boat traffic at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Ascension Parish President Tommy... more »
  • Waterways to remain closed in Ascension, Livingston parishes

    June 3, 2014 4:15 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said on Tuesday that officials from Ascension, St. James, and Livingston parishes have agreed to extend the closure of all inland waterways to recreational boating traffic. The inland waterways, closed to reactional traffic after last week's flooding, include the Amite River, Diversion... more »
  • High water close waterways for the weekend Play Video

    May 30, 2014 5:53 PM

    PORT VINCENT- High water shut down some waterways to recreation through the weekend. Boaters in Ascension and Livingston Parishes are out of luck, but that hasn't kept people from the water's edge. Some are still fishing, eating at their favorite places and tending to business as usual, while others... more »
  • Waterways closed in Livingston, Ascension parishes

    May 29, 2014 1:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON - All waterways in Livingston Parish and some in Ascension Parish have been ordered to close, effective 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said all waterways in their parish would be closed until further notice due to high waters. Ascension Parish OHSEP Director Rick... more »
  • False River closed to boaters

    May 29, 2014 11:33 AM

    POINTE COUPEE - False River has been closed to boaters due to high water. The Pointe Coupee police jury made the decision because the water level has reached 18 feet, requiring the closure. The river is still several feet from flood stage. The U.S. Army Corps of... more »
  • La shuts down bar after underage sales raid

    April 20, 2014 10:53 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says it has closed a Lafayette bar for allegedly selling alcohol to people less than 21 years old. Commissioner Troy Hebert says in a news release that undercover agents raided The Keg after getting tips about underage alcohol sales. He... more »
  • All lanes open on I-12 following 18-wheeler accident

    April 16, 2014 6:23 AM

    WALKER- All lanes are now open at I-12 West after it was closed at Satsuma following an 18-wheeler accident Wednesday morning. State Police say the big rig ran off the road and suggest you use US 190 as an alternate route. If you're traveling westbound on I-12, you should... more »
  • Towboat and barge hit, close bridge

    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 »
  • Flooding closes several Ascension roads

    February 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Another road in Ascension Parish has been barricaded due to backwater flooding near the Amite River and Bayou Manchac. That's according to parish president, Tommy Martinez. Broussard road has been added to the list of barricaded roads. Barricades remain at Airport Drive, Kay Drive, Idle Hour... more »
  • Hours after nasty spill, only bridge over MS River in North La. opens

    February 12, 2014 9:50 PM

    TALLULAH - The only bridge crossing the Mississippi River in the northern part of Louisiana finally opened late Wednesday night, nearly twenty-four hours after it was closed due to a pile-up of eighteen wheelers. At 4:00 a.m., six trucks crashed into each other. A tanker carrying a corrosive and... more »
  • Massive semi crash closes I-20, chemicals leak into river

    February 12, 2014 3:01 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Louisiana State Police said cleanup of a chemical spill on the I-20 bridge connecting Louisiana and Mississippi is finished, and troopers are working to clear multiple 18-wheelers which crashed into each other early Wednesday morning. At about 4 a.m., six 18-wheelers crashed after one slid into... more »
  • Crews will fight ice on roads overnight yet again Play Video

    January 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Crews will be spending another night out, de-icing priority highways as temperatures spend hours below freezing. Overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, highway leaders will be monitoring weather conditions and road surfaces for problems. There could be closures, the state said late Wednesday. Before sunrise, temperatures... more »
  • Road conditions expected to improve

    January 25, 2014 8:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The roads and bridges closed because of icy conditions are expected to open today as the temperatures rise above freezing and the roadways have had the time to thaw. State troopers say they do not know how long major roads will be closed, but they say the... more »
  • State offices closed in 32 parishes

    January 23, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, state government offices in 20 Louisiana parishes will be shut down Friday, January 24. Nichols said the offices are closed due to dangerous driving conditions and scattered power outages. Weather forecasts in the area predict a mix of rain... more »
  • Friday fiasco: I-12 westbound closed

    January 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Westbound lanes of I-12 are closed through most of Livingston Parish as crews work to remove an 18-wheeler from the trees along the interstate. The truck wrecked earlier in the day and wrecker service workers are having to pull the truck from the woods. A traffic jam... more »
  • St. Helena schools closed Wednesday

    January 7, 2014 7:18 PM

    GREENSBURG - Public schools in the St. Helena Parish School District are closed Wednesday. St. Helena Middle School, which is run by the Recovery School District, is also closed tomorrow. It's the second day the schools will be closed due to the cold weather. However, all 12-month... more »
  • Bluebonnet open after shutdown

    November 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bluebonnet between I-10 and Jefferson Highway fully reopened after a lunchtime shutdown Monday. Emergency crews were dealing with a natural gas leak. Lanes between Oliphant and Gail were re-routed due to the leak. Traffic was impacted by this closure for less than an hour. ... more »
  • Lemon Road bridge closed for repairs

    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 »
  • Dumped load closes ramp

    November 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    WALKER - Police said a dump truck dumped its load coming off I-12 West at Walker, shutting down the ramp this afternoon for a time. Authorities re-opened the ramp around 3:30, after firefighters hosed off the excess mud and dirt dumped onto the highway. Walker Police said the... more »
  • New brews on hold during goverment shutdown Play Video

    October 11, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The budget showdown is brewing more problems, and it's put many craft beers on hold. "It was never anything that we really saw coming," Tin Roof Brewery Owner William Mcghee said. His business was caught off guard when a the release a Christmas ale was... more »
  • Government shutdown puts a lock on the outdoors Play Video

    October 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Folks looking to tackle the outdoors in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge can't due to the government shutdown. Cat Island is located near the town of St. Francisville, which is just 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. It's run by the U.S. Department of the Interior,... more »
  • Parking lots shut down for LSU game after heavy rain

    September 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Parking woes hit LSU gameday after multiple parking lots shut down due to heavy rain. The Bernie Moore Track Field and the lot by the Natatorium are closed. Parking has been redirected to the Old Alex Box outfield and the soccer stadium lot off Skip Bertman... more »
  • Highway to close while railroad replaces ties

    September 2, 2013 10:28 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A stretch of Louisiana Highway 1 running under the Union Pacific Railroad overpass near Bayou Lafourche will be closed at times over a two-week period starting on Tuesday. Union Pacific is replacing railroad ties as part of standard maintenance on the overpass. The road will be closed from... more »
  • Frenchtown Road Bridge closed for repairs

    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 »
  • Cedarcrest Avenue Bridge out for a few weeks Play Video

    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 »
  • Cedarcrest Ave. Bridge shuts down for repairs

    August 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers who use a heavily traveled bridge near Coursey Blvd. will have to find a new route for now. The Cedarcrest Ave. Bridge, between Stanley Aubin and Seracedar St., is closed for repairs. Crews shut down a portion of the roadway Tuesday morning to traffic.... more »
  • Livingston reviews plans for closed, dangerous bridge

    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 »
  • I-10 East reopens after accident near Gramercy

    August 3, 2013 11:27 AM

    GRAMERCY, La. - I-10 East near Gramercy is now completely open after an accident closed the Interstate down earlier Saturday. more »
  • Bridge closed in East Baton Rouge for emergency repairs

    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 »
  • Driver cited in I-12 mishap

    July 17, 2013 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police said the truck driver blamed for causing a nightmare drive on I-12 Wednesday was from out-of-state. The driver was cited for careless driving and improper equipment. Investigators believe the truck had a blowout, causing the driver to lose control. He smashed into the median wall... more »
  • Semi loses crane, knocks down light pole on I-12

    July 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- I-12 was a nightmare for many drivers Wednesday afternoon after multiple lanes closed due to an incident involving a light pole and a boom truck near Sherwood Forrest. Lanes were blocked in both directions until just after 4 p.m. A WBRZ News 2 crew on the... more »
  • Sunken tugboat pulled from river bottom

    July 10, 2013 6:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An arduous, five-day effort to locate a tugboat and bring it to the surface after it sank in the Mississippi River, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce for days, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the sunken 47-foot-long towing vessel from the river and... more »
  • Miss. closes in SE La. for salvage of sunken tug

    July 9, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says the river was closed around 6 a.m. Tuesday from mile marker 7.3 to mile marker... more »
  • Miss. River reopens south of New Orleans

    July 8, 2013 8:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - One-way traffic is moving on the Mississippi River while crews search for a sunken tugboat. Although 15 ships were waiting to travel upriver at one point Monday, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the queue had been cleared by late morning Authorities don't know why... more »
  • Miss. River closed during search for sunken tug

    July 7, 2013 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has shut down Mississippi River traffic in southeastern Louisiana near Venice as the search continues for a sunken tugboat. The 48-foot tug "C-Pec" sank Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard says two people aboard were rescued by a vessel in the area. River traffic was... more »
  • Big headache this week: Lee Drive lane closures Play Video

    July 5, 2013 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive, a busy corridor connecting south Baton Rouge with the shopping centers on College and eventually I-10 and Mid City, will have lane closures starting today. There will be intermittent lane closures from Boone Avenue to Bluebell Drive from Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. through... more »
  • Sites of 2 deadly plant explosions remain closed

    July 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several weeks after deadly explosions at two southeast Louisiana chemical plants, one remains closed and the other is partly closed. Officials say it could be months before federal investigators determine what caused the fatal blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to area hospitals... more »
  • Landmark restaurant closed, future uncertain

    June 28, 2013 1:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Brennan's, a French Quarter dining landmark, has unexpectedly closed and its future is uncertain - the latest development in a longtime family feud. Owen "Pip" Brennan, a son of the founder and until recently a manager of the restaurant, is involved in complex state and federal legal... more »
  • Airline Highway closed after chemical spill

    June 20, 2013 2:31 PM

    NORCO - A chemical truck wrecked and spilled its load, closing Airline Highway near the Bonnet Carre spillway according to State Police. Troopers said there were no injuries, but the wreck and spill closed a portion of Airline Highway from LA 3217 and LA 628 in both directions. ... more »
  • Heavy congestion after wreck on I-10

    June 18, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials closed I-10 East after a wreck past Highland Road during the afternoon rush. State Police said the wreck was located three miles past the Highland exit and blocked all eastbound lanes, but traffic was still passing on the shoulder. Traffic backed up in... more »
  • Highways reopen after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities reopened several highways surrounding a chemical plant in Geismar which exploded earlier today. The only road still closed was LA 3115 from LA 30 to LA 75. Several sections of LA 30 and LA 3115 were closed throughout the day after the explosion at 8:30... more »
  • LSP: One dead after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police confirmed one person has died after a massive chemical plant explosion in Geismar this morning. They made the announcement just before 1 p.m. near the Williams Olefins plant on La. 30, where an explosion and fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. An LSP spokesperson... more »
  • EMS: 60 people injured in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 9:16 AM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders says dozens of people have been taken to local hospitals for injuries after a chemical plant explosion this morning in Ascension Parish. Acadian Ambulance said they transported 47 patients via ambulance and buses to hospitals for treatment, and airlifted 13 to local hospitals and burn... more »
  • Popular weekend beach getaways closed due to dangerous current

    June 10, 2013 10:53 PM

    GULF SHORES- Popular beach hangouts for people around the capital region are closed to swimmers after five people drowned. One person was from Louisiana. Double red flags were posted Monday along the shoreline, closing beaches in Gulf Shores and parts of Florida. "This includes all beaches from... more »
  • Police cruiser overturns on I-10 during pursuit Play Video

    May 10, 2013 9:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Westbound lanes of I-10 were closed for about an hour Friday evening after a police car overturned during a pursuit. Sources told WBRZ News 2 the officer was not injured in the crash. Video from state traffic cameras show the cruiser on its side... more »
  • Miss. River still closed after barges hit bridge

    April 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss.- The Mississippi River remains closed at Vicksburg as authorities work to determine whether a sunken barge was a navigation hazard. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says an assessment is underway but it is uncertain when the river will reopen to ship traffic. Gomez says 233 barges are waiting... more »
  • Road back open after gas main breaks in Central

    April 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    CENTRAL - Authorities closed a portion of Sullivan Road in Central this afternoon when they said a natural gas line broke. Derek Glover with Central Fire said a four-inch pipe broke or bent in three places and spilled some gas near Sullivan Road. They closed Sullivan between Brent... more »
  • Roadway changes proposed for Airline Hwy Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At the top of the The Capital Region Legislative Delegation's agenda is a study to improve Airline Highway. On their Facebook page , legislators outlined plans to study turning Airline into a corridor of a regional freeway system. "The new interstate-style roadway would link I-10... more »
  • Wreck closes I-110 near Fuqua exit

    April 4, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed I-110 North after a wreck this evening in Baton Rouge. The wreck happened just past the Fuqua exit, according to DOTD. It also closed the inside lane on I-110 South. Police directed traffic off at Fuqua. Traffic backed up in both directions from... more »
  • State offices close for Good Friday holiday

    March 29, 2013 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most Louisiana state offices are shut down for the Good Friday holiday. The Friday holiday is a legal day of rest in state law. Some legislative employees may be working, however, since Friday is the final day for bills to be pre-filed for the regular... more »
  • Road closed after gravel truck overturns

    March 27, 2013 11:00 AM

    CENTRAL - State Police closed a section of Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said a gravel truck overturned. The closure is between Pride Baywood Road and LA 63, according to Central Police. State Police said there were moderate injuries at the scene, and... more »
  • One person severely injured, driver questioned after train and truck collide

    March 18, 2013 10:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police released more information about a train-truck collision that happened Monday evening. The driver of a pick-up is being questioned; the passenger is in the hospital with severe injuries. Police said the truck pulled into the path of the train, and the two smashed into each... more »
  • Occupants trapped in vehicle, train collision

    March 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A train and vehicle collided Monday evening, trapping the occupants of the vehicle. First responders arrived at the scene at the intersection of Airline Highway and Choctaw shortly before 8:30 p.m., and have not been able to release the number of possible victims, but have said people... more »
  • Cement truck spill closes highway

    March 15, 2013 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A cement truck spill closed a busy Baton Rouge highway this afternoon, according to city police. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the truck spilled cement on Jefferson Highway near Corporate Boulevard this afternoon. The road re-opened just after 4:30 p.m., after the hardened cement was cleared... more »
  • Employees waiting to be paid after car lot closes Play Video

    March 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Employees at a used car lot in Denham Springs are still waiting to be paid after the lot closed earlier this week. Red Barn Motors at the corner of Pete's Highway and Hwy 16 locked its doors today. Employees said they received paychecks for a past... more »
  • I-12W closed due to vehicle fire near Walker

    March 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    WALKER - Police said a vehicle fire shut down I-12 West in Livingston Parish this afternoon. Walker Police said the fire closed both lanes of I-12 West starting two miles east of Walker. They re-opened the roadwary around 5:45 p.m. Police advised drivers heading west use different routes... more »
  • 18-wheeler wrecks, closes road during rush hour

    March 6, 2013 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police closed a portion of Highland Road in southern Baton Rouge after an 18-wheeler carrying a hazardous chemical turned over. Baton Rouge Fire spokesperson Curt Monte said the driver tried to turn onto Highland from Gardere, but took it too sharp and the truck went into... more »
  • Police to close flooded Denham Springs roads

    February 13, 2013 3:44 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Police alerted drivers in Denham Springs they plan to close an intersection of River Road tomorrow due to flooding. Denham Springs Police posted an alert on their Nixle message service that they plan to close River Road at Benton Lane early Thursday. Drivers were told... more »
  • DEQ searching for source of school-closing smell Play Video

    February 8, 2013 5:56 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Parents said they were frightened to hear a gas leak closed their children's school today in north Baton Rouge. Lucille McKnight said she received a phone call about 10:30 a.m. Friday with a recorded message from Crestworth Elementary telling her there was a gas leak, and parents... more »

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