April 22, 2014 6:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now in open on I-10 East near the I-10/I-110 split after it had been shutdown for nearly four hours following an accident involving an 18-wheeler.
The truck came to a stop hanging over the edge of the roadway. Fuel was leaking from the... more »
April 16, 2014 9:52 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Structural repairs to the Sunshine Bridge are creating long commutes and no room for error for drivers.
Since February, the bridge has been down to one lane in each direction and with a 13-and-a-half feet height limit.
Tuesday, an 18-wheeler clipped the overhead metal barrier, which... more »
April 11, 2014 7:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - In 2012, Over 600 people died in car accidents in work zones across the United States, including 12 in Louisiana.
That's why DOTD is promoting Work Zone Safety Awareness this week. DOTD Secretary Sherri Lebas stopped by 2une In Friday to sit down with our Whitney... more »
April 7, 2014 2:43 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit says the state Department of Transportation and Development needs to improve its inspections of Louisiana's bridges. Auditors say the department falls short of full compliance with federal guidelines about the inspection frequency and procedures that should be in place for making sure... more »
March 21, 2014 9:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - A state senator wants a report about traffic after a series of incidents where people were sitting in gridlock.
"You got shoulders, you got three lanes of traffic, and they're closing two lanes," said State Sen. Dale Erdey. "It's causing all these vehicles to merge into... more »
March 11, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders are expected to vote on a measure that could mean more immediate road repairs in two sections of the city.
Wednesday, the metro council has to decide on a road take over plan. It means three streets: Government, parts of Nicholson, and a stretch of... more »
March 7, 2014 2:54 PM
WALKER- Construction work has begun on the I-12 widening project in Livingston Parish.
DOTD officials say they have started work on the $26.5 million project to widen nearly 4 miles of I-12 from four to six lanes from Walker to half a mile west of Satsuma.
During construction,... more »
March 4, 2014 2:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- All interstates, including I-10 from Lafayette to Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge, both north and southbound lanes of I-110, as well as I-12 from I-10 to Airline Highway have now been reopened. That's according to DOTD officials.
DOTD crews have also reopened the new Mississippi River bridge... more »
February 26, 2014 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council introduced a proposal Wednesday to transfer three roads from state control to city-parish control.
The city would be responsible for repairs that could be done faster than if the state was in charge of the highways and making upgrades.
The swap would... more »
February 26, 2014 11:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - Emergency road repairs will close one lane of Acadian Thruway near Bawell Street in the southbound direction.
The Department of Transportation and Development says the closure is immediate and will be effective until further notice.
One lane will be open at all times but wide... 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 11, 2014 3:41 PM
SHREVEPORT - State traffic officials closed two sections of interstates in northwest Louisiana Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of wintry weather.
DOTD closed portions of I-49 in Caddo Parish, and I-220 in Caddo and Bossier parishes. They said this would let them focus their available resources on priority routes with... more »
February 4, 2014 3:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police and state traffic officials announced plans Tuesday to begin training troopers and other law enforcement and emergency personnel in a new way to handle wrecks and road closures.
Col. Mike Edmonson, LSP superintendent, said the Traffic Incident Management System would create a standard... more »
January 28, 2014 7:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - DOTD has reported the several road closures due to inclement weather from the winter storm.
Drivers can get current road conditions by calling 511, or 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511) if they are out-of-state travellers. You can also follow @WBRZ on Twitter, or check DOTD's Interactive Traffic Map .... more »
January 23, 2014 12:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials took several steps Thursday to prepare for a deep chill forecast to hit the state over the next 24 hours.
The Department of Transportation and Development said crews are on standby to deal with any issues caused by snow, freezing rain or sleet in... more »
January 22, 2014 10:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- Work will likely continue overnight Wednesday, and drivers who use Government Street should expect work to continue into the Thursday commute, effectively closing it to traffic for the morning rush.
A pipe leaked under the roadway causing a large hole to develop. The hole closed the two... more »
January 22, 2014 11:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Repair work in the 1500 block of Government Street is expected to finish up by tomorrow, if all goes according to plan according to traffic officials.
Authorities closed Government Street in both directions after a leak in a sewer pipe underground. By Wednesday afternoon crews have... more »
January 17, 2014 11:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now open on I-110 North at Capitol Access after some lanes were shut down for hours due to debris removal.
The Department of Transportation and Development responded to problems with dirt on the road around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.
The right and... more »
January 12, 2014 12:38 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - DOTD says a natural gas leak has forced them to close a portion of LA 16, Range Avenue, in Denham Springs.
The road was closed from LA 1025, Arnold Road, to LA 1026, Lockhart Road. Traffic was able to detour around the incident.
According to... more »
January 3, 2014 10:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Millions will be spent on state highways and city streets this year to ease congested roadways.
A lot of big projects are set to wrap up in 2014, including the widening of Staring Ln. in the Capital City.
Starring Ln. between Perkins Rd. and Highland... more »
December 24, 2013 10:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - City leaders are calling on the Department of Transportation and Development to lower a speed limit in Denham Springs.
Cockerham Road, between Range Ave. and Lockhart, is a busy two-lane street near a high school and two elementary schools.
The speed limit is 45 mph... more »
December 18, 2013 10:29 PM
PLAQUEMINE- There is a push to light a dark stretch of LA 1 through the Iberville Parish town.
People believe part of the highway, from the American Legion to the Plaquemine Truck Stop is too dark and dangerous for drivers.
"Having more street lights out here couldn't hurt... more »
December 9, 2013 10:40 PM
WALKER- State transportation leaders hope to instal large traffic circles along the highway here, and more are planned for other areas.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has an entire section of its website devoted to the new trend in managing traffic flow. You can check it out... more »
December 9, 2013 10:25 PM
WALKER - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is considering a proposal to improve traffic and safety along LA 447 in Walker.
Roundabouts, a growing trend across the country and now in Louisiana, have been proven to decrease accidents drastically engineers say. And, DOTD believes the design may... more »
November 26, 2013 1:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Transportation and Development says the right lane of U.S. 90 westbound, between Venetian Isles and Textron Marine and Land Systems in New Orleans, is closed due to high tidal waters. DOTD is also monitoring U.S. Highway 11. Currently, water is on the shoulder... more »
November 7, 2013 1:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials closed Hooper Road between Carmel Drive and Tanglewood Drive Thursday for emergency road work.
The Department of Transportation and Development said a collapsed culvert under the road forced them to shut the road down for emergency repairs. They said the road would remain shut... more »
October 28, 2013 8:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Drivers who use Burbank Drive near LSU will notice shrinking lanes to make room for a center turning lane.
The Department of Transportation begins work Thursday to add the fifth lane. Work begins at University Commons near Jennifer Jean and ends at Nicholson Drive.
"It... more »
September 30, 2013 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of state workers will soon see a boost in their paychecks.
Beginning tomorrow employees at seven agencies, including the Department of Transportation and Development and Department of Environmental Quality, will see more money. The increases are determined by job performance.
It's been up to four... more »
September 27, 2013 11:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new report found an expanded interstate system has lessened the time drivers spend in traffic.
A group of highways who meet regularly to discuss issues with the state's highway system said Friday, issues are being dealt with to the benefit of drivers.
Wrecks are also... 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 11, 2013 5:23 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Traffic officials said today that the Assumption Parish sinkhole isn't the cause of an abnormality found recently along Highway 70.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the asphalt may have given way due to heat, and they'll continue to monitor the affected area of highway.... more »
August 28, 2013 11:03 PM
DALLAS- LSU fans planning to attend Saturday's season opener at AT&T Stadium will need to reference the new bag policy for NFL stadiums.
LSU alumni in Texas alerted members to the policy ahead of the game.
Bags allowed: -Made of clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not... more »
August 14, 2013 8:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - The 62-year-old ferry that once traveled between White Castle and Carville could be sold for scrap after the state failed to attract a minimum bid at auction.
The Jindal administration wanted at least $200,000 for the White Castle ferry. The highest bid over the weekend was... more »
August 13, 2013 11:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE- State transportation leaders told people who live near the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish, there are plans to establish a viable road should the main artery for the community be jeopardized by the disaster.
There are "two potential detour routes, currently at the feasibility study stage," Indira... more »
July 26, 2013 12:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials today announced that the LA Swift bus service will stop operations next week.
The Department of Transportation and Development said they could not secure local funding to keep paying for the service, which was put in place after Hurricane Katrina to move affected... more »
July 24, 2013 9:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lanes were closed on I-12 after a car overturned late Wednesday.
The blockage was in the eastbound left and center lanes near the I-10/I-12 junction. A DOTD traffic camera showed multiple emergency response vehicles on the scene.
The wreck caused a traffic jam that extended to... more »
July 3, 2013 2:14 PM
AMITE - A judge denied a parish's request today to reopen several railroad crossings deemed unsafe by the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Tangipahoa Parish claimed DOTD didn't properly notify affected residents of the crossing closures under a 2012 law. DOTD responded that they began the closure process... more »
July 2, 2013 10:44 PM
AMITE- Wednesday, the state will face-off with people upset some railroad crossings were closed in Tangipahoa Parish.
A hearing is set for the crossings that were shuttered and destroyed in Independence, Velma, and Tangipahoa two weeks ago. Multiple people have died when vehicles collided with trains on the crossings.... more »
July 2, 2013 9:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials are launching a $2.8 million project to raise Interstate 10 near LaPlace and Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula to address flooding issues in those areas.
The work comes about 10 months after I-10 was shut down near LaPlace because of extensive flooding from Hurricane... more »
June 26, 2013 5:48 PM
AMITE - Tangipahoa Parish's Fire District 1 station has all the equipment they need to respond to emergency medical and fire calls - they even have a live alligator.
What they didn't have was an official notification that DOTD was going to tear up three railroad crossings Saturday morning.... more »
June 19, 2013 11:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - The White Castle ferry is shutting down a week early because the state has no staff to continue operating it.
The vessel was scheduled to close on June 28 and will now close Friday, June 21. The state Department of Transportation and Development said the ferry... more »
June 18, 2013 10:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials marked the opening of six lanes of traffic today as part of the ongoing widening of I-10 in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Department of Transportation and Development said work was recently completed on the widening between Siegen Lane and Highland Road. It's... 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 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- In less than a month the LA Swift bus service will stop running.
The shuttle was set up back in 2005 after Katrina to get people back and fourth from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
The Department of Transportation says the federal money used to fund... more »
June 5, 2013 10:29 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A dangerous curve on Highway 431 near Valentine Road in Ascension Parish is getting a closer look, and residents complaints are finally being heard.
The Department of Transportation says they'll look into the road that curls 90 degrees in a 200 yard stretch after people complained to... 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 10:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development said they're studying the area around the Assumption Parish sinkhole for a possible alternate highway in case La. 70 is compromised.
DOTD recently installed several monitoring stations along the highway and three bridges over Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Bayou... more »
April 23, 2013 9:33 PM
LIVINGSTON- Emergency responders worked two crash scenes involving horses on highways Tuesday night.
The first, on Hwy. 42 near Hwy. 63, killed a horse and injured the person driving a vehicle that was involved in the wreck.
Shortly after that incident, Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies used social media... more »
March 25, 2013 6:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Motorist Assistance Patrol worker, killed on I-10 Monday told WBRZ News 2 in a previous story about his job that he loved helping people.
Jim Gilmer, 68, died when his specialized state vehicle hit him after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. Gilmer was stopped in... more »
March 14, 2013 5:28 PM
PORT ALLEN - The left lane of traffic was closed on the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge Thursday, as the Department of Transportation and Development inspected the bridge.
More than 26,000 people cross the bridge everyday. Every two years, DOTD inspects state bridges, looking for deficiencies. What they find will determine... more »
March 7, 2013 9:45 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- State transportation leaders are planning a roundabout for a busy intersection.
Engineers said Thursday; the traffic circle will save time and cause fewer crashes. It's set to be built at the intersection of Hwy. 190 and Eden Church Rd.
But, not everyone is on board with... more »
March 5, 2013 4:58 PM
ASCENSION PARISH- The state is working on a permanent fix for a section of I-10 that is eroding every time it rains.
Jeannie Guitreau lives near the area that is eroding and has called the state numerous times to express her concerns.
"One of these big 18-wheelers is... more »
February 25, 2013 3:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials asked people today to help them improve traffic on the La. 1 corridor.
The Department of Transportation and Development posted a survey for people to answer if they drive along La. 1. DOTD hopes it will help them improve traffic and safety along... more »
February 25, 2013 2:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials announced they will add signs and clearer road striping at the I-10 and Picardy exit where a driver went off the side of an embankment and into a nearby creek.
Investigators said the driver died of natural causes before her SUV went off... more »
February 19, 2013 9:26 PM
PORT ALLEN- Engineers are studying traffic flow on parts of LA 1, looking into ways to improve the highway.
DOTD is focusing on the area from the Intracoastal Waterway (North Line Road) to Bayou Plaquemine (LA 988- Schnebelen Road).
"We are looking at ways to improve traffic flow,... more »
February 19, 2013 9:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- I-12 was closed for about an hour Tuesday after a crash near O'Neal Lane.
Westbound lanes were closed and some traffic went around the crash on the shoulder.
Details about the crash have not been released.
The traffic alert was sent around 7:30 p.m. that... more »
January 14, 2013 4:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Due to inclement weather in January, the Department of Transportation and Development anticipates it will take at least another month to finish the widening project.
There isn't much left to do, but what is left cannot be completed until the roadway dries out.
"We were... more »
January 3, 2013 5:07 PM
GROSSE TETE- A crash that killed a North Carolina man last night could prompt the state to move faster in installing cable barriers for the median of I-10 West of Baton Rouge near Grosse Tete.
"Our plan is to attack the areas that have had the highest incidents," said... more »
October 15, 2012 5:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development is working to repave a bumpy patch of Florida Blvd.
The 2.6 mile stretch is from N. Foster Dr. to Airline Highway. Prep work has begun in the intersection of N. Foster Dr. and by the Airline Highway ramps.
... more »
September 13, 2012 3:45 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Department of Transportation and Development continued working to improve a seven-mile stretch of Airline Hwy today from LA-22 to LA-74.
Lane closures will continue to occur on the northbound and southbound directions while crews make way for turn lanes and pave the roadway.
The main... more »
August 23, 2012 5:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic engineers said portions of I-10 will need to be closed again to clean up damage from the controlled burn of a wrecked tanker truck yesterday.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the repairs would be combined with other regular construction activities, and are expected... more »
August 22, 2012 10:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - This morning's wreck and interstate closure snarled traffic across the capital city, and sent authorities scrambling to keep people moving.
I-10 East is closed at the I-10/12 junction, and I-10 West is closed at Siegen. The ramp from I-12 West onto I-10 East also remains closed,... more »
July 23, 2012 9:55 PM
WALKER- The mayor and DOTD have worked out a deal over a $1.3 million bill for roadwork.
The money is owed to the state after a project in the 90's.
The agreed-upon plan calls for DOTD to transfer a portion of a state road to Walker. Walker will... more »
July 23, 2012 9:52 PM
AMITE- The Tangipahoa Parish Council plans to appeal a decision to close two railroad crossings.
The state wants to shutdown Capace Lane and Reverend White Road. Because people have died in train collisions, the crossings are deemed dangerous.
The state says closing the crossings will save lives, but... more »
July 17, 2012 9:37 PM
WALKER- City leaders gave the mayor approval to make a deal with DOTD about a $1.3 million bill.
It's outstanding from roadwork on LA Hwy 447 in 1998.
The city could owe as much as $130,000/year for the next ten years. There was a meeting set to negotiate... more »
June 18, 2012 11:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's (DOTD) headquarters building in Baton Rouge is closed today due to a lack of water service.
Essential services will continue to be provided remotely and necessary meetings will be held at DOTD's LTRC building on LSU campus.
Additionally,... more »
June 13, 2012 2:49 PM
Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that data gathered by the department's traffic management center since new lanes were opened on I-12 between O'Neal Lane and Juban Road show a major improvement in travel times for drivers traveling the corridor.
The data shows... more »
June 8, 2012 10:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic is building on I-12 West after workers closed one lane and an exit ramp for construction today.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the right lane on I-12 West at the Amite River Bridge and the O'Neal exit ramp are closed for construction.
... more »
May 23, 2012 4:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - All lanes are back open on I-10 West before the Mississippi River Bridge after debris blocked part of the roadway for five hours.
The Dept. of Transportation and Development said traffic was backed up on I-10 West all the way across town to Siegen Lane, and... more »
April 26, 2012 4:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - I-10 West is back open at Bluebonnet after a wreck closed it earlier Thursday afternoon.
Traffic was diverted off the interstate just before the wreck and back on at the Bluebonnet entrance ramp.
Remember, you can check live traffic cameras on our WBRZ News app... more »
April 19, 2012 11:10 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The new Magnolia Bridge is expected to open next week, the Department of Transportation and Development announced in a news release.
LA 64 from LA 1019 (In Denham Springs) to LA 37 (Greenwell Springs Road in Baton Rouge), the eastbound and westbound lanes will be shifted... more »
April 18, 2012 3:41 PM
LIVINGSTON - Traffic officials announced they would close one lane of I-12 West in Livingston Parish tomorrow morning for emergency repairs to a major pothole.
Engineers at the Department of Transportation and Development said the hole at mile marker 29 just west of the Holden exit to La. 441... more »
April 3, 2012 8:58 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A $90 million program has been started to repair, restore and improve more than 60 roadways in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Many of the roads were damaged during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and then used as major hauling routes for post-story recovery operations. Repairs will... more »
March 14, 2012 11:04 AM
MONROE- Monroe Regional Airport is moving forward on rehabilitating runways with the help of grants from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The News-Star reports the Monroe City Council on Tuesday accepted $1.5 million in grants to rehabilitate six taxiways. The council then voted to enter into an agreement... more »
February 29, 2012 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - After multiple interstate closures from overturned or wrecked 18-wheelers, the Department of Transportation and Development plans to add more safety features to prevent congestion.
More rumble strips to audibly alert drivers of the upcoming S-curve will be put in place westbound. The strips already line a... more »
February 29, 2012 1:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Transporation and Development said today that safety measures already in place on I-12 would do until April, when construction barriers and a lane shift there are supposed to be removed.
State Police said this morning a Texas trucker was driving too fast... more »
February 20, 2012 11:10 AM
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced construction projects that will affect traffic this week.
I-12 WB & EB: Right lane closure between Walker and Juban Rd. each night beginning Wed., Feb. 22 through Fri., Feb. 24 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow crews... more »