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  • Parts of I-10 east to close for first weekend of June

    May 23, 2017 11:02 AM

    SORRENTO – Both eastbound lanes on I-10 will be closed for the first weekend of June. According to DOTD, the closure will start Friday, June 2 at 9 p.m. and will last until 5 a.m. Monday, June 5 where I-10 intersects with Airline Highway. The closure is needed to... more »
  • Load limit lifted on LA 1 bridge over Intracoastal Canal

    May 17, 2017 10:55 AM

    BRUSLY – State traffic officials have lifted a load limit on the northbound side of the LA 1 Bridge over the Intracoastal Canal. The limits were put in place in March after crews discovered structural damage. Crews will still be working in the area for the next two to... more »
  • Lane closures on LA 621 in Gonzales start Wednesday

    April 25, 2017 11:18 AM

    GONZALES – Drivers in Gonzales should expect periodic lane and bridge closures on LA 621 this week due to bridge repairs on Black Bayou. According to DOTD, the periodic closures will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday just east of the intersection of LA 621... more »
  • Stretch of I-10 damaged after fiery crash but safe for drivers, DOTD says

    April 20, 2017 8:47 AM

    PORT ALLEN – Road crews spent some of Thursday morning cleaning and removing debris that remained from a deadly, fiery wreck on I-10 hours earlier. Six people were injured and a 26-year-old was killed in a collision involving two 18-wheelers and three passenger vehicles Wednesday evening. The crash... more »
  • Lane closures on parts of Perkins Road start Friday Play Video

    April 7, 2017 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Drivers should expect alternating lane closures in both directions on parts Perkins Road starting Friday. According to DOTD, the lane closures start at 8 p.m. Friday April 7, to 5 a.m. Monday April 10, between Bluebonnet Blvd and Acadian Thruway. The closures are needed for patching... more »
  • Lane closures I-110 south this weekend

    April 4, 2017 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two lanes on I-110 south in Baton Rouge will be closed this weekend for bridge repairs. According to DOTD, the closures will close from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The point of closure is just west of North 2 nd Street and directly... more »
  • Alternating lane closures on Airline Highway at Plank Road

    April 3, 2017 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Drivers on Airline Highway could experience slight delays due to lane closures near the Plank Road overpass this week. The alternating lane closures went in effect at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The lane closures will happen each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Wednesday,... more »
  • Construction to begin in months on Gardere sidewalks Play Video

    March 31, 2017 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many people who use Gardere Lane on a daily basis say they're anxiously waiting for a sidewalk project to get started. There are no sidewalks along Gardere Lane in South Baton Rouge. It's a state highway many people walk along between Nicholson and Burbank. Over the... more »
  • Work Zone Awareness Week 2017 to be held April 3-7

    March 30, 2017 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is recognizing April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week. The year's theme is "Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands," which focuses on the message that drivers should be alert and prepared for unexpected changes in and around work... more »
  • Turn lanes, wider roads coming to Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 27, 2017 11:29 AM

    GONZALES – State and local officials announced a slew of new traffic improvements moving forward in Ascension Parish this year. Parish President Kenny Matassa and DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson made the announcement Monday morning. “These projects that are on the horizon will help to alleviate congestion and... more »
  • Concrete barrier preventing business owner from accessing property Play Video

    March 21, 2017 6:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A business owner says a state construction project has prevented him from doing his job. TJ Adams owns Elite Transportation in Denham Springs, a transport business that been at the same location on Rushing Road for 20 years. His business works with 53' and 40' trailers,... more »
  • Skip Bertman Drive lane to close until mid March

    February 22, 2017 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The westbound lane of Skip Bertman Drive at Nicholson Drive will be closed until March 13 starting next week. The closure starts 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 and will last until 6 p.m. Monday, March 13. DOTD said the closure is necessary to allow crews to... more »
  • UPDATE: O'Neal Lane bridge over Jones Creek reopens Saturday

    February 21, 2017 3:43 PM

    UPDATE: DOTD announced Friday that the bridge on O'Neal Lane over Jones Creek will reopen to traffic at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Officials warned that there is still construction happening in the area. Original Story below: BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials announced Tuesday that the... more »
  • Daily lane closures on US 190 in Pointe Coupee start Sunday

    February 17, 2017 3:29 PM

    TORBERT – Starting Sunday, the east and west bound left lanes on US 190 near Torbert will be closed as crews work to install guard rails. According to DOTD, the closure will start at the intersection of US 190 and LA 1 in Pointe Coupee Parish and end at... more »
  • DOTD fixes potholes after officer crash, but some say it's not enough Play Video

    February 3, 2017 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police officer, injured in a motorcycle crash after hitting a pot hole Wednesday, is expected to recover from his injuries. Police say he was escorting an 18-wheeler and hit the pothole...losing control of his bike and ended up hitting another vehicle. The officer has... more »
  • State pursues partnership to move I-10 Capital Corridor forward Play Video

    January 30, 2017 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Department of Transportation and Development announced that a Request of Information has been issued to accelerate enhancements to the I-10 Capital Corridor through a Public-Private Partnership. A Public-Private Partnership (P3) consists of a private investor providing the necessary capital for construction in exchange for long-term... more »
  • Government St. lane will close Saturday for sewer improvements

    January 26, 2017 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials say parts of Government Street will have one lane closed Saturday as crews work on sewer improvement construction. The lane closure will go into effect Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 a.m. for the eastbound direction between S. 20 th and S. 22 nd streets.... more »
  • DOTD launches railroad safety campaign for January

    January 4, 2017 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is launching a railroad safety campaign this month to focus on the message of "Do Not Stop on the Tracks." The campaign will run from Jan. 2 to the 21st and will aim to educate drivers and pedestrians on... more »
  • Plaquemine ferry reopens after shut down; services to be reduced for Thanksgiving

    November 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Ferry has reopened after shutting down Monday morning. The shut down was reported around 11:15 a.m. on Monday. DOTD officials announced that the ferry reopened around 2 p.m. No cause as to why the ferry shut down has been released at the time of... more »
  • DOTD to begin final passes for flood debris along state routes

    October 19, 2016 1:47 PM

    HAMMOND – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be making their final passes to remove flood debris along state routes in Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes next week. Crews will begin to make their final passes along state routes in the above parishes on Monday, Oct.... more »
  • La. 10 repaired, reopened after flood

    October 17, 2016 4:04 PM

    GREEENSBURG - Flood-damaged Highway 10 in St. Helena reopened Monday. Westbound lanes reopened between Greensburg and the East Feliciana Parish line, DOTD said. Parts of the travel lane and shoulder washed out on August 12, 2016, when the Baton Rouge area experienced record flooding. It was along this... more »
  • DOTD pursues design-build contract for I-10 expansion project

    September 28, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE – DOTD has announced plans to move forward with the widening of seven miles of I-10 between Highland Road and LA 73 in Ascension Parish by pursing a design-build contract. On Wednesday, DOTD issued a Notice of Intent seeking a design-build firm to widen the section of... more »
  • State announces Ascension Parish I-10 widening project Play Video

    September 13, 2016 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transit leaders announced details of a planned widening project for I-10 through parts of Ascension Parish. I-10 will be widened from Highland Road in East Baton Rouge to Highway 73 in Ascension Parish. The widening project covers about seven miles of interstate between the two... more »
  • US 190 bridge near Walker now open

    September 10, 2016 9:31 PM

    WALKER – Traffic officials reopened US 190 bridge crossing Coyell Creek near Walker Sunday afternoon. According to a statement, DOTD crews finished the final stretch of repairs Saturday night, with all lanes reopened Sunday, Sept. 11. The bridge was closed after receiving damage due to rising floodwaters after... more »
  • DOTD awarded $40 million to I-10 corridor improvements

    September 1, 2016 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that DOTD received $40 million in additional federal funding that will be put towards improvement to parts of I-10. Edwards said the money will be used to improve I-10 from I-49 to the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge in Lafayette and St.... more »
  • Post flood 'normal' means more traffic in BR; Road repairs underway

    August 25, 2016 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State road engineers are busy checking highways and bridges as water recedes from areas inundated by the flood last week. More than 1,400 bridges have been checked and every highway that was flooded has also been scrutinized by experts, Shawn Wilson, the head of the state... more »
  • DOTD establishes temporary bus service to Baton Rouge

    August 20, 2016 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who lost their car after this week’s historic flooding will have a new option to travel to Baton Rouge. In a statement Saturday, DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson said his department has reached a deal with Hotard to establish a temporary regional transit service. ... more »
  • I-10 opens Tuesday

    August 16, 2016 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic flows on I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The interstate was closed as flood water covered the interstate. Water remains in one lane in each direction, but traffic was allowed to travel through the other lane. Just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, LA DOTD... more »
  • Walker mayor preparing lawsuit over flooding; Blames state, feds

    August 16, 2016 1:17 PM

    WALKER - The mayor of this Livingston Parish city said he is going to file a lawsuit against the state and federal government, blaming the construction of I-12 for flooding most of the city. About 80% of the homes were flooded, Mayor Rick Ramsey said. "As soon as... more »
  • Rain causing heavy traffic and stalled cars during Tuesday commute

    July 26, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As thunderstorms are moving through the city, rain has caused multiple accidents and stalled cars during the Tuesday afternoon commute. DOTD reported four accidents since 2:47 p.m. and four stalled vehicles. One of those vehicles has caused the exit ramp to North Street on I-110 near... more »
  • Part of I-10 east to close starting Friday afternoon

    July 8, 2016 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Starting Friday afternoon and into the weekend, the east-bound right lane of I-10 between the east side of the Atchafalaya Bridge to the Iberville Parish line will be closed. The closure will be from Friday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. until Monday, July 11 at 6... more »
  • DOTD making plans to address flooding spots for drivers in BR Play Video

    June 1, 2016 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tuesday night, streets flooded causing drivers to get stranded, but there may be a solution in the future for one area in particular. Jefferson Highway near Corporate Boulevard, Essen Lane between I-10 and Perkins Road and Burbank Drive at Nicholson Drive are notorious spots for flooding. At Walk-On's... more »
  • Lanes open on Mississippi Bridge after blocked from stalled car; congestion remains

    May 30, 2016 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open after DOTD reported that the center and right lanes on I-10 West were blocked on the Mississippi River Bridge, however congestion reamins following the incident. The lane blockages were due to a stalled vehicle. Congestion from the incident has reached the I-10/I-12... more »
  • Heavy delays after car stalls on Mississippi River Bridge

    May 27, 2016 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials say a drivers should expect heavy delays on I-10 east after a stalled car on the Mississippi River Bridge caused congestion for hours Friday morning. The Department of Transportation reported around 9:30 a.m., a stalled vehicle blocked the right lane on I-10 East. Although... more »
  • Bill argues Nicholson widening needed for new river bridge

    May 22, 2016 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Representatives at the Capitol are considering a House Resolution that would repurpose funds for a Nicholson Drive widening project. If passed, House Concurrent Resolution No. 128 would repurpose more than two million dollars from the Pointe Claire Expressway in Iberville Parish. That money would be moved... more »
  • Neighbors concerned about protection along interstate Play Video

    May 18, 2016 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Residents in one area are concerned about the lack of protection along the interstate. It is a major concern because people cross the fence and they cause accidents as well as get killed. Kenneth Franklin lives right off the interstate near the Louise on ramp. Back in the... more »
  • LA 1 bridge to be rebuilt Play Video

    May 13, 2016 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state says that it will build a new bridge since LA 1 over the Intracoastal Canal is the worst in the state, according to officials. Traffic is currently a huge problem drivers have to endure in the area. " Well they (drivers) would just like to be... more »
  • Walker lane closures start Monday for roundabout work

    May 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    WALKER - Roundabout construction starts Monday on La. 447 at I-12 as crews close travel lanes to prepare for the new traffic feature. DOTD first announced it was considering a roundabout for the interchange in 2013. Then, the state said ten miles of La. 447 between La. 16 and... more »
  • Tuesday morning commute will feature new traffic information

    May 2, 2016 3:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Tuesday morning, a new traffic sign listing drive times will be turned on. The sign, on La. 1 south of I-10, will be turned on and start showing data at 6 a.m. The sign will provide travel times from the sign’s location to the I-110, US... more »
  • DOTD looking at improving LA 30

    April 25, 2016 8:05 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- The Department of Transportation and Development is looking to improve traffic along LA 30. Traffic is currently so bad, that drivers take alternative routes to avoid it. “It’s a straight shot from my area to come to work this way. But I avoid it and I actually make... more »
  • Travel time sign up, now being tested on La. 1

    April 20, 2016 7:29 PM

    PORT ALLEN - State traffic managers are testing a new, partly digital road sign that will provide drivers with commute times. The sign has been installed on northbound La. 1 but is not provided real-time information. A DOTD spokesperson said there is no date on when the sign will... more »
  • DOTD: Washington Exit relief could be 3-4 years away Play Video

    April 14, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development submitted a request for a $100 million grant for upgrades to I-10 near Lafayette. If approved, officials say the $100 million FASTLANE grant will help the state complete a 15-mile pavement replacement between I-10/49 interchange and the Atchafalaya Basin... more »
  • Traffic clear after soggy morning commute

    April 13, 2016 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Congestion cleared around 10 a.m. Wednesday after traffic officials warned that weather would bring heavier delays. DOTD officials sent out a notification around 8 a.m. warning drivers to expect heavier than normal delays due to inclement weather. Those delays were compounded after separate accidents blocked lanes... more »
  • DOTD warns "Dont be THAT driver" for Work Zone Awareness Week Play Video

    April 12, 2016 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This week DOTD is working to reduce to number of deaths and injuries connected with construction zones through Work Zone Awareness Week. Drivers can often be seen talking on the phone, putting on makeup, eating and other activities instead of paying attention to the road. This year’s theme... more »
  • DOTD adds new traffic cameras around Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- DOTD has added ten new cameras to highways in the Baton Rouge area to help drivers plan before they get behind the wheel. The new cameras were added as a part of a multi-million dollar camera project system that has been implemented for ten years. The new cameras... more »
  • DOTD: Traffic signs to be installed on Walker South Road Wednesday night

    April 6, 2016 10:19 AM

    WALKER - DOTD crews are set to install permanent traffic management detour signs in the area on Wednesday night. The detour signs will be installed northbound on Walker South Road just south of Florida Boulevard and northbound on South Range Avenue south of Florida Boulevard. The northbound right lane of... more »
  • DOTD advises drivers of heavy congestion on I-10, I-110 and I-12 until 7 p.m.

    April 1, 2016 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD advises drivers to expect heavier than normal congestion on Friday afternoon leading into the night. I-10, I-110, and I-12 are expected to receive heavy congestion until 7 p.m. Friday night, according to DOTD. This post will be updated as new information becomes available. 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 holding meeting about Walker roundabout plans Play Video

    March 30, 2016 4:57 PM

    WALKER - While the state is considering plans that feature multiple roundabouts along Highway 447, Walker leaders are voicing concerns. The Department of Transportation and Development will hold a public meeting Thursday to go over the three options to address traffic and safety on Highway 447. Two of the options... 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 »
  • State hopes to use technology to ease traffic trouble Play Video

    March 30, 2016 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Since most proposed fixes to solve Baton Rouge's traffic problems, like a new bridge or a loop are too costly, the state Department of Transportation and Development is looking at more affordable options like improving technology. One example is signs on each side of the river providing... more »
  • DOTD warns of possible week-long outage of traffic data

    March 29, 2016 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A network outage will cut off traffic data along heavily congested areas of I-10 and Airline Highway, DOTD revealed Tuesday afternoon. In a tweet, state traffic officials said the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) could be down for a week starting Tuesday. The ITS is a system... more »
  • State to list travel times on some congested roads Play Video

    March 28, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new digital traffic sign will be in place sometime in the next month on the west side of the river, DOTD said. The sign on La. 1 will list travel times for drivers. State traffic monitors will use data to determine how long it will... more »
  • Even with few at work, traffic was an issue Friday

    March 25, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported traffic congestion on I-10 East from Lobdell (LA-415) for Friday afternoon. The congestion reaches to the I-10/110 split. DOTD advises there to be five mile delays. UPDATE: Congestion is now from before Port Allen (LA-1). UPDATE: Congestion... more »
  • DOTD to conduct study on Livingston's LA 447 Corridor

    March 24, 2016 12:29 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has authorized an environmental study for the LA 447 Corridor to evaluate ways to improve it. DOTD will also hold a public input meeting next week on the project. DOTD’s Stage 1 Environmental Assessment will look at alternatives to improve... more »
  • DOTD: I-12 in Livingston to have lane shifts due to road work

    March 24, 2016 11:47 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that there will be alternating lane shifts at the I-12 Eastbound/Westbound Exit/On Ramps at LA 441 (Exit 29) starting Monday, Mar. 28. The lane shifts will be until Thursday, Mar. 31, daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to... more »
  • UPDATE: DOTD closes I-10 La./Texas state line

    March 15, 2016 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that is has closed I-10 West (before Texas/Louisiana State Line) to traffic due to flooding. The closure comes on the heels of a flood warning that was issued for the area by the National Weather Service. DOTD did not initially... more »
  • DOTD: Scenic Highway to have one lane closed on Thursday

    March 8, 2016 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - North Scenic Highway (LA 3164) will have one lane closed in each direction from the overpass bridge to Fuqua Street on Thursday. The closure will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to the Department of Transportation and Development, the closure is necessary for... more »
  • All lanes back open after crash with injury on Florida Blvd.

    March 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Florida Boulevard at Sharp Road is back open after all lanes remained closed for close to an hour following an accident with injury Tuesday morning. The wreck happened at around 10 a.m. Details are still limited on the injuries sustained during the crash. Traffic was... more »
  • Busy Walker road getting new pavement Play Video

    March 4, 2016 5:21 PM

    WALKER - Work began Thursday to improve Burgess Avenue before the state transfers ownership of the road over to the city of Walker. The Department of Transportation and Development will improve drainage and overlay Burgess Avenue from Highway 447 to West Colyell Creek. When the work is completed in May,... more »
  • US airlines vie for Cuba flights; Havana top destination

    March 2, 2016 5:53 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. airlines are telling the Transportation Department what routes they would like to fly to Cuba. Government approval is expected to take months. At least seven carriers submitted applications to the DOT Wednesday. Most are looking to serve Cuba primarily from their large hub cities, with Havana... more »
  • US bans use of e-cigarettes on airline flights

    March 2, 2016 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Transportation says it has issued final regulations prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the rule will protect passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes in the... more »
  • Storms knocked out power, closed roads Tuesday

    February 23, 2016 2:31 PM

    LIVINGSTON – High winds associated with a deadly line of storms Tuesday knocked out power and closed streets. In Livingston Parish, sections of Highway 190 closed just after lunchtime due to a downed telephone pole. Highway 190 is closed in town of Livingston for a downed telephone... more »
  • Right lane closed on US 190 W before Miss. River Bridge

    February 22, 2016 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The left lane has opened on US 190 West before the Mississippi River bridge, leaving just the right lane blocked. The left lane is also blocked on US 190 East past the Mississippi River Bridge for emergency crews on scene. Congestion from these closures is stretching all the... more »
  • DOTD seeking public input to solve I-10 traffic nightmares Play Video

    February 21, 2016 3:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A series of public meetings to discuss possible ways to solve traffic jams along the I-10 corridor in Baton Rouge start this week. The first meeting starts Monday morning. The state Department of Transportation says the meetings will look at the section of I-10 between Essen... more »
  • Schedule for second round of of I-10 Corridor improvements public meetings

    February 16, 2016 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials are reminding the public about next week’s open-to-the-public meetings to discuss proposed improvements to the I-10 Corridor through the Capital City. The project is currently in the planning phase with a feasibility study being prepared. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meetings.... more »

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