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  • No issues found during 'New Bridge' inspection

    August 25, 2014 2:21 PM

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

    August 20, 2014 10:19 PM

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

    August 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Two parishes have now signed a cooperative endeavor agreement to perform a study for a new Mississippi River bridge. Iberville and Ascension Parishes have set aside a combined $300,000 for a study to assist the Department of Transportation and Development with investigating the feasibility of constructing... more »
  • Denham Springs overhauling bad roads Play Video

    August 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A handful of deteriorating roads are set for a face lift in Denham Springs. It's part of a funding program that uses money from the federal government through the Department of Transportation and Development. River Road from Government Street to Centerville was repaved just weeks ago.... more »
  • I-10 bridge inspection complete

    August 3, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD says the I-10 Mississippi River bridge inspection is complete and is safe to use. Rodney Mallett, DOTD Communications Director, says the inspection was routine and has to be done every two years and that the safety of the bridge was never in question. The... 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 »
  • Watch your turns: new traffic flow at wreck-prone intersection Play Video

    July 30, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There will be another change dealing with how traffic is regulated on Burbank Drive. A new stop light will be added south of LSU as The Department of Public Works and the Department of Transportation looks to improve traffic along the heavily clogged street. Monday,... more »
  • Governor demands repairs on collapsed road at SU

    July 16, 2014 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency repairs are expected to begin this weekend on a collapsed stretch road near the heart of Southern University's campus. Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the repairs since the school was in limbo, trying to secure funding for emergency repairs after the washout a few weeks ago.... more »
  • I-10 reopened on Basin Bridge

    July 12, 2014 10:28 AM

    BREAUX BRIDGE - I-10 east is now open after an accident involving an 18-wheeler with hazardous materials on the Basin Bridge, according to State Police. Officials say the blockage was just past the Atchafalaya River Highway exit. Traffic heading eastbound was diverted to I-49. I-10 westbound was briefly... more »
  • State studying relief for home that's been smashed by vehicles Play Video

    July 10, 2014 9:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A home that's been a target for many cars driving around a dangerous curve may finally be getting some relief. Constitution Avenue and Bunker Hill Drive meet at a continuous curve where many cars have left the roadway. Numerous vehicles have smashed into the home that... more »
  • Busted! Drivers ignore dangerous road warning Play Video

    July 7, 2014 10:18 PM

    ST. AMANT - The Department of Transportation and Development installed flashing lights on La. Highway 935, or Stringer Bridge Road, in Ascension Parish. The new flashing lights were added after the DOTD originally ruled the number one recommendation for the road was to close it all together. Still,... more »
  • DOTD: Bridge rail height not an issue after crash Play Video

    July 7, 2014 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a suspected drunken crash sent a truck sailing over the Perkins Road overpass, people who frequent the area see what could happen. "It's not something that I think about on a regular basis, but this does give me pause to think that an accident can... more »
  • Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair Play Video

    June 26, 2014 3:29 PM

    KILLIAN - Louisiana Highway 444 in Livingston Parish is set for a multi-million dollar overhaul. The Department of Transportation and Development says workers will repave 5.9 miles of La. 444 between Gum Swamp Road and La. 22 to improve ride quality. It's part of the state's $425 million quality... more »
  • Plaquemine ferry resumes regular service today

    June 24, 2014 11:15 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The ferry between Plaquemine and Sunshine reopened around 7 p.m. on Monday, and is back to its normal schedule today, according the Louisiana DOTD. The vessel was out of service yesterday as crews tried to locally source the parts needed to repair a failed onboard generator, which... 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 »
  • DOTD: new bridge could be beneficial to traffic

    May 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic leaders said they'll likely look at traffic counts and the other data when studying the feasibility of a new bridge over the Mississippi River. The Department of Transportation and Development talked about the proposal Thursday, a day after state lawmakers backed a resolution requesting an additional... more »
  • Drivers hope Pete's Highway alternative will help congestion Play Video

    May 22, 2014 10:19 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Traffic along Range Avenue has hit a breaking point for many drivers and Thursday night engineers and infrastructure experts unveiled plans that could help solve their problem. Three solutions, two include adding an exit at Pete's Highway, just east of the Range exit. "The purpose... more »
  • Engineers to talk about Pete's Highway exit today

    May 21, 2014 10:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Thursday, state traffic leaders will discuss the possibility of adding a new exit and interchange to I-12. Engineers will display drawings for changes to I-12 at Pete's Highway. Adding an exit there could help ease congestion on Range Avenue. Other routes are being discussed. A population... more »
  • DOTD announces closure of U.S. 90 for filming

    May 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Traffic officials announced that U.S. 90 over the Atchafalaya River in St. Mary Parish will be closed for a short time this week while crews film scenes for the movie "The Best in Me." The Department of Transportation and Development said the brief closures are necessary... more »
  • DOTD inspecting Basin Bridge after fiery crash

    May 8, 2014 11:51 AM

    WHISKEY BAY - Department of Transportation and Development crews are inspecting I-10 eastbound on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge Thursday. This comes after a fiery crash killed a husband and wife last week. Engineers will be looking at long term fixes to damage caused by the crash involving four 18-wheelers.... more »
  • DOTD to inspect bridge at site of deadly wreck

    May 7, 2014 1:28 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - State traffic officials said they will close a portion of I-10 East this week to inspect the area where four big rigs collided, killing two people and shutting the interstate down for hours. DOTD said the right lane at the Whiskey Bay Pilot Channel will be closed... more »
  • Tardy construction crews face fines Play Video

    May 5, 2014 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Contractors working on state funded road projects must meet an agreed upon deadline or face fines for tardy work. The fines vary for each project, but in at least one case, the state fined a company more than $7 million for work on I-10 that went past... more »
  • WBR traffic delays emergency services Play Video

    May 2, 2014 6:29 PM

    BRUSLY- Acadian Ambulance Services face daily rush hour traffic delays in West Baton Rouge. "If you can't get over that Intracoastal bridge before the big pileup then you will just sit there for quite some time, because there's no where for anyone to go to yield to an emergency vehicle... more »
  • Traffic trouble concerns WBR businesses Play Video

    April 30, 2014 6:18 PM

    ADDIS - Traffic pains in West Baton Rouge, leave businesses and commuters looking for help. The West Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce met with the Capitol Area Planning Commission to ask for help with congestion on Hwy 1 near I-10. "It should be higher than 'priority c'... more »
  • New safety measures for Stringer Bridge Rd.

    April 30, 2014 11:53 AM

    ST. AMANT - New safety measures are coming to La. Highway 935, also know as Stringer Bridge Road, in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says flashing lights will be installed leading to the road. DOTD met with State Representative Johnny Berthelot, Ascension Parish President Tommy... more »
  • Louisiana ranks even lower on bad bridge list

    April 25, 2014 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's dilapidated bridges forced an even lower mark on a national list ranking the worst highway structures. The state ranks thirteenth of the places with the most structurally deficient bridges. The list was published almost two weeks after a s tate audit found the state... more »
  • All lanes now open after 18-wheeler wreck on I-10

    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 »
  • Sunshine Bridge construction creates problems for drivers Play Video

    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 »
  • DOTD: Slow down in work zones Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: Bridge inspections fall short of guidelines

    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 »
  • After days of gridlock, senator wants traffic report

    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 »
  • City leaders set to decide on road plan Wednesday

    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 »
  • DOTD begins work on I-12 widening project in Livingston Parish

    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 »
  • DOTD: All interstates have been reopened

    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 »
  • City planning for state route takeover, will fix roads Play Video

    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 »
  • Emergency lane closure on Acadian Thruway

    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 »
  • People fed up over lingering bridge construction Play Video

    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 »
  • Stretches of interstate closed for cold weather

    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 »
  • Program announced to make wreck sites safer

    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 »
  • Updated road and bridge closures

    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 »
  • Preparations made for colder weather

    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 »
  • Expect Gov't Street to be closed Thursday morning

    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 »
  • Three-foot pothole closes Baton Rouge street

    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 »
  • All lanes open after dirt closes I-110

    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 »
  • Road open following gas leak

    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 »
  • Construction changing your drive in 2014 Play Video

    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 »
  • People want a speed limit change as their gift Play Video

    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 »
  • Drivers worried about dark, dangerous highway

    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 »
  • Around we go, stats on roundabouts

    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 »
  • DOTD evaluating LA 447 for roundabouts Play Video

    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 »
  • DOTD: US 90 closes due to high tide

    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 »
  • Collapse closes Hooper Road in EBR

    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 »
  • Burbank will get 5th lane, tighter travel lanes Play Video

    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 »
  • Thousands of state workers to receive pay raises Play Video

    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 »
  • Expanded interstates are busier, more efficient new report suggests

    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 »
  • Fire closes lanes on I-10 Basin Bridge Tuesday evening

    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 »
  • DOTD: Sinkhole not cause of "deformity" on Hwy 70

    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 »
  • NFL rules will apply for bags at LSU's game in TX

    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 »
  • White Castle ferry fails to sell

    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 »
  • State plans detours for sinkhole highway

    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 »
  • LA Swift bus service to end July 31

    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 »
  • Overturned vehicle slows traffic on I-12

    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 »
  • Injunction denied, railroad crossings stay closed

    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 »
  • Feud over closed rail crossings goes to court Wednesday

    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 »
  • I-10, I-55 flooding prompts road raising plan

    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 »
  • Parish files injunction to reopen RR crossings Play Video

    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 »
  • White Castle ferry shutting down a week early

    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 »
  • DOTD opens six lanes of traffic on I-10

    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 »

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