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  • New round of public meetings to study I-10 corridor

    January 29, 2016 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Transportation and Development scheduled another series of public meetings to discuss possible ways to solve traffic jams along the I-10 corridor in Baton Rouge. The meetings will specifically look at the section of I-10 stretching from Essen Lane to LA 415 in... more »
  • Pecue Lane interchange another step closer to happening Play Video

    January 28, 2016 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The third and final public comment meeting for the proposed Pecue Lane and I-10 interchange attracted dozens of people Thursday night. An environmental assessment of the area has been completed and is now up for approval to move the project into the next stage. There... more »
  • State sells 'Road Diet' for Government Street Play Video

    December 17, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development made its "Road Diet" pitch to the public Thursday evening. The state hopes to sell the idea of a three-lane Government Street. It's an idea that will have two travel lanes - one in each direction - and a... more »
  • 'Road diet' meeting set for Thursday

    December 17, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic officials are expected to give an update on a road project in Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development has been working on the Government Street "road diet" for a more than a year. DOTD wants to shrink Government down to three lanes between I-110 and... more »
  • Parish gov't offers to help fund DOTD road project Play Video

    December 10, 2015 11:30 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish leaders will pony up money to solve a traffic nightmare on the west side of the river. Thursday, the council agreed to putting up 20% of the cost associated with building a highway connecting La 1 and La 415. The project is... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge construction ends ahead of schedule Play Video

    December 7, 2015 11:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Ahead of schedule, the Sunshine Bridge was completely open for commuters Monday. A $25 million construction project on the bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parish ended months ahead of schedule. Since April 2012, crews have been cleaning, painting and making repairs to the bridge. The project... more »
  • Traffic officials working to extend Dijon Drive to future health facility Play Video

    December 3, 2015 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state and the Capital Region Planning Commission propose adding another road to a heavily congested part of Baton Rouge. The project calls for an extension of Dijon Drive off Essen, to connect to a future children's hospital expected to break ground a few months. The... more »
  • Long, long list of projects could mean a new bridge in 30 years

    November 19, 2015 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 30 year transportation dream still includes a new bridge across the Mississippi River in the capital area, but it's on a long list that is second to another long list of other projects DOTD released to lawmakers Thursday. "This plan provides the vision for our... more »
  • As roundabout design support grows, another planned for Livingston Parish

    October 28, 2015 4:01 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The state is planning another roundabout for a highway here and will meet with drivers about the construction. The roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Juban Road and Buddy Ellis Road. The intersection is south of I-12 and the Juban Crossing shopping development. ... more »
  • Wreck stops I-10 traffic in Baton Rouge

    September 21, 2015 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials reported a wreck slowed I-10 West to a crawl through the central part of the capital city Monday afternoon. The wreck at I-10 West near South Acadian Thruway blocked two lanes around 4 p.m., leaving only one lane for vehicles to move through the... more »
  • At first meeting, DOTD suggests more lanes on I-10 Play Video

    August 28, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials suggested widening a stretch of I-10 starting at the Mississippi River bridge through the city as a way to alleviate traffic congestion. The pitch came Monday night, during the first of three public meetings about solving the traffic situation. Two other meetings will be... more »
  • DOTD offering informational meetings for I-10 Corridor Improvement Survey Play Video

    August 26, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be holding public meetings for proposed improvements to the I-10 Corridor from Essen Lane to LA 415 in Baton Rouge. The project is currently in the planning stage and the DOTD is looking for public feedback. Representatives of the project... more »
  • Wreck blocks center lane of Essen at Dijon Drive

    August 19, 2015 8:43 AM

    UPDATE: All lanes are now open. (8:18 a.m.) ------------------------- UPDATE: The center lane has been cleared but now the right lane is blocked on Essen for vehicle recovery efforts. The traffic back up has reached the Unite Plaza Boulevard on Essen. -------------------------- BATON ROUGE- An accident... more »
  • Bridge inspection expected to cause more traffic delays

    August 19, 2015 8:33 AM

    GROSSE TETE - Drivers are getting ready for more delays on the I-10 corridor between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. One lane on I-10 West will be closed at Grosse Tete until 2:30 p.m. again Wednesday for routine bridge inspections. The lane closure resulted in an 11 mile traffic jam... more »
  • Bridge inspections create 11-mile traffic jam on I-10

    August 18, 2015 2:07 PM

    GROSSE TETE - Traffic officials said bridge inspections near Grosse Tete caused another massive traffic delay Tuesday along the I-10 corridor between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development said that just before 1 p.m. I-10 West traffic was backed up 11 miles from before LA... more »
  • Wreck blocking lane of LA 22 at LA 70

    August 13, 2015 8:08 AM

    UPDATE: All lanes are now open. ----------- BATON ROUGE- The DOTD says one lane is blocked on LA 22 East and West at LA 70 in Ascension parish due to an accident. Traffic is passing through the open lane. more »
  • Construction delays expected on I-10 East this weekend

    August 7, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials again warned drivers of expected delays on I-10 due to an ongoing construction project near Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish through the end of August. The Department of Transportation and Development reminded drivers to expect heavy delays this weekend on I-10 East near Grosse... more »
  • Bridge inspection to close La. 73 next week

    August 4, 2015 6:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Highway 73 between Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge will be closed at the end of the morning rush next Thursday. The state issued the traffic advisory Tuesday afternoon. The portion of the highway that will be closed will be over Bayou Manchac. Crews will be inspecting... more »
  • Graves speaks on Washington Street exit at Press Club Play Video

    June 22, 2015 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's one part of I-10 that bottlenecks to one lane and it's the source of major congestion that sets off ripple effects around the Baton Rouge area. Monday at Baton Rouge Press Club, Rep. Garret Graves spoke about the issues and possible solutions to the traffic... more »
  • Monday deadline for I-10 improvement survey Play Video

    June 15, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge authorities are ready to move on to the next step toward construction on the busy I-10 corridor, and they're asking for your input. The Department of Transportation and Development wants frustrated drivers to fill out a survey about driving in the city. The survey asks... more »
  • Denham Springs I-12 study chugging along Play Video

    June 11, 2015 6:57 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - With road construction underway near I-12 in Denham Springs some residents are thinking big picture. Crews will do repaving work on Pete's Highway for the next few days. In the future, Pete's Highway could be the answer to add another way on and off the interstate.... more »
  • Heavy delays on I-10 west

    May 17, 2015 3:02 PM

    Port Allen - State police are advising that people avoid I-10 west from the Lobdell highway exit to Grosse Tete. Construction on I-10 west is causing heavy congestion and only one lane is open. DOTD says the the traffic runs from the highway 77 at exit 139 to... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge overhaul halfway done Play Video

    May 1, 2015 5:43 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Department of Transportation and Development says it's about halfway done overhauling the Sunshine Bridge, and the bridge should return to four-lanes by early next year. The bridge connects both banks of Ascension Parish, and DOTD estimates that 22,000 vehicles use the bridge daily. Humidity and other... more »
  • Zachary highway construction starts Friday

    May 1, 2015 12:01 AM

    ZACHARY - Construction is set to start Friday on a widening project for La 64, Main Street. The project will add a center turn lane between McHugh Road and the La 19 intersection. The state is handling the construction. One lane will be closed in each direction from... more »
  • Semi-snarl moving after I-10 West re-opens

    April 30, 2015 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Westbound I-10 traffic got off to a creeping start, following an hour-long standstill, caused by a tanker wreck. The wreck happened Thursday afternoon during rush hour, between Dalrymple Drive and Perkins Road. Traffic was backed up on both I-10 and I-12, which then caused traffic on... more »
  • Another DOTD study to generate I-10 corridor solutions Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development has re-opened discussion to find a solution to traffic issues along the I-10 corridor. The state is asking drivers to take part in a study to help determine the feasibility of improvements to I-10 in the Baton Rouge area. The... more »
  • Not a new bridge, but second ferry will connect sides of river Play Video

    April 13, 2015 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second ferry is already docked in Plaquemine, ready to shuttle cars between there and Sunshine next Monday. It will bring an additional 120 cars across the river every hour during the evening rush. Drivers were handed flyers Monday afternoon as they boarded the vessel.... more »
  • Get out of town: Holiday congestion delaying BR traffic

    April 2, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LA DOTD says a swath of I-10 is jammed due to holiday travelers either coming into or getting out of town. Traffic officials said congestion on I-10 East was backed up for miles leading up to the Mississippi River bridge and into Baton Rouge. DOTD... more »
  • Drivers doubt end is near for LA 73 work Play Video

    March 17, 2015 5:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins working on the roadway. The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays. "It's been going on and on... more »
  • Controversial guardrails still won't be installed in La.

    March 16, 2015 11:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will not release the suspension it put on a controversial guardrail design until more tests are done even though federal inspectors believe the guardrail is acceptable to be used on the side of highways. Last week, the government cleared the ET-Plus design of any safety... more »
  • DOTD to close some north La. highways overnight

    February 16, 2015 5:07 PM

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

    February 14, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to traffic officials, the westbound lanes of LA 427 at Old Perkins Road near Bayou Manchac will be closed until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and development says the closure is due to a drainage installation. Officials say only one... more »
  • Safety improvements coming for curves and intersections Play Video

    February 11, 2015 4:43 PM

    ST. AMANT - Hundreds of curves and road intersections across the Baton Rouge region will see makeovers in the next two years. The project began today in St. Amant on La. 429 near La. 22 and in Prairieville on La. 431 near Lake Martin Road. The project includes new... more »
  • More cable barriers coming to La. interstates Play Video

    January 26, 2015 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development plans to have cable barriers installed along interstates state-wide in the next few years. Right now, DOTD has installed approximately 105.22 miles of cable barriers throughout the state at a cost of $11.6 million. Around 50 miles of cable barriers... more »
  • Changes come to Walker Road South after deadly crashes Play Video

    January 15, 2015 4:35 PM

    WALKER - One Livingston Parish road has some improvements after five people died there within a month. The curve is south of I-12 on Walker Road South outside of Walker. On New Year's Eve, three people died there after a head-on crash. Resident Stephen Price says he's seen the... more »
  • Toll road through the heart of Baton Rouge explained Play Video

    January 15, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State traffic officials received a 28-page plan from an engineering firm that outlines its plan to build a loop through the city. Conversations about a proposal started last year , during the legislative session. Then, lawmakers talked about using existing roads and few new construction projects to... more »
  • DOTD says changes could be coming to deadly curve

    January 14, 2015 1:19 PM

    WALKER - State traffic officials said Wednesday they have no plans to reduce speed along a stretch of road where several deadly wrecks have happened in Livingston Parish, including a wreck on New Year's Eve which killed three people. However, the Department of Transportation and Development said they would... more »
  • 1 million pounds of salt ready for winter weather Play Video

    January 8, 2015 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Transportation officials said they have one million pounds of salt ready to go in case highways around the Baton Rouge area start to ice over Thursday night. The Department of Transportation and Development loaded trucks with sand Thursday and performed full maintenance checks on the equipment... more »
  • Tree removal to improve Greenwell Springs Rd. safety Play Video

    January 5, 2015 4:29 PM

    CENTRAL - Crews began cutting down trees along Greenwell Springs Road Monday as part of a multi-million dollar makeover to improve driving safety. The improvements cover the 8 mile stretch between Central Thruway and Liberty Road. The Department of Transportation and Development plans to remove trees in the right-of-way... more »
  • Old Perkins Road repairs, may hold some drivers up Play Video

    January 4, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Old Perkins Road will undergo construction this week, meaning at times the road will be down to one lane in each direction. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the project will begin Monday and go through Thursday. Lane closures will take place in the... more »
  • State considering second Plaquemine Ferry Play Video

    December 29, 2014 4:40 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The state is considering adding a second ferry in the Plaquemine area. The current route connects Plaquemine in Iberville Parish with Sunshine in Ascension Parish. Drivers on the west side of the Mississippi River say it's a headache dealing with Baton Rouge traffic. "We need some... more »
  • State planning traffic relief for busy interchange Play Video

    December 23, 2014 11:11 PM

    GONZALES - The state announced it is planning two, short-term projects to deal with congestion and safety issues at the Highway 30 interchange with I-10. One project will install an eastbound left-turn lane from La. 30 to Veterans Boulevard. The other will install an additional eastbound lane from near... more »
  • Interstate reopens, traffic backed-up from merge to split

    December 19, 2014 6:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - According to DOTD, I-10 West is closed at the I-10/I-110 merge because of an accident. Officials say traffic has backed-up to Dalrymple as a result. You should use an alternate route if you're headed that way this morning. We'll update you as soon as the roadway... more »
  • Perkins widening plan concerning for some Play Video

    December 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A first-hand look at an effort to widen Perkins Road from Siegen to Highland has some concerned about the construction plan. The project has been in the works for 10 years and Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and Development along with city-parish government presented its plan... more »
  • Vehicle fire reported near I-12

    December 4, 2014 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials warned drivers to be aware of a vehicle fire during the evening rush on I-12 West. The Department of Transportation and Development said a truck was on fire on the shoulder of I-12 at Sherwood Forest Boulevard. The right lane was blocked due... more »
  • Driver killed in La. 30 construction zone crash

    December 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    GONZALES - A driver died overnight after State Police said they wrecked at an Ascension Parish construction zone, the second wreck to happen there in recent days. Troopers said Kirk Canova, 42, died after he smashed into a dump truck on Highway 30 west of I-10 near South St.... more »
  • Revamped intersection will get revamped stop light sequence

    December 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    ZACHARY- State traffic engineers will rebuild the lighting sequence of red, green and yellow lights at a busy intersection starting next week. Tuesday, the state announced plans to only allow vehicles to make a left turn from Highway 61 to Highway 64 when there is a left-turn arrow showing.... more »
  • Traffic nightmare eases, will return Sunday

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's the early Christmas present no one wanted: holiday traffic slowed to a crawl like a family after the big Thanksgiving meal Friday. Traffic jams lingered on busy surface streets like Perkins and the interstate systems well past rush hour. The issues started early. Shortly after... more »
  • Construction on Sunshine Bridge worries drivers Play Video

    November 10, 2014 5:42 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Construction on the Sunshine Bridge has caused many drivers to feel uneasy when driving across the bridge. Glenn Robert filed a complaint to DOTD after he got into an accident on the bridge. He says each time he drives over it he fears for his safety. ... more »
  • Woman seeing yellow after restriping incident Play Video

    October 30, 2014 9:51 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A woman says a state vehicle restriping the highway painted her car yellow and she's getting the run-around to fix it. Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Danielle Landry was driving along Highway 10 in St. Francisville when a Department of Transportation and Development truck was heading toward... more »
  • Transportation leaders review 2015 road projects Play Video

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation leaders and legislators met Thursday at the State Capitol to discuss road projects slated for next year. The Department of Transportation and Development says its budget for fiscal year 2015-16 is nearly $650 million, but there's more than $12 billion worth of needs in... more »
  • La. discontinues use of dangerous guardrails

    October 24, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana highway chiefs said Friday, the state has discontinued the use of guardrails caught up in an investigation and lawsuit surrounding allegations the design was changed and have caused people to lose limbs or even die in crashes across the country. "DOTD has discontinued the use of... more »
  • Changes coming to accident hot zone Play Video

    October 23, 2014 5:09 PM

    CENTRAL - Changes are coming to an intersection notorious for wrecks in Central. The state has come up with a solution they believe will stop the repetitive problem at Greenwell Springs and Sullivan Road, by changing the eastbound left turn signal on Greenwell Springs Road. Currently, the light allows... more »
  • Les Miles' nieces get $2.5 million in mother's death Play Video

    October 17, 2014 4:59 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The children of Les Miles' sister won $2.5 million in a lawsuit Friday in West Baton Rouge after their mother died at an intersection in 3 years ago, Frank Tomeny of Tomeny Law Firm said in a press release. Jessie and Katie Browne sued the State of... more »
  • Sunday snarl

    October 12, 2014 5:41 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Eastbound lanes of I-10 closed for a portion of Sunday afternoon on the Mississippi River bridge due to an accident. Traffic backed up to LA-415. There was also westbound traffic on the bridge, too. At one point Sunday, traffic was slow to the I-10/I-12 split. ... more »
  • Transportation committee clashes over new ideas Play Video

    September 30, 2014 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Kam Movassaghi outlined suggestions on how to improve Louisiana's transportation system. Movassaghi presented new ways of doing things Tuesday to a transportation funding task force at the State Capitol. He says the changes need to start at the top... more »
  • People frustrated with intersection Play Video

    September 26, 2014 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The intersection at Burbank and E. Boyd has some people scared for their safety and the safety of others. A wreck at that intersection yesterday "It is a matter of life and death. If you saw the car from yesterday and there had been somebody... more »
  • 4-vehicle wreck snarls Miss. River bridge traffic

    September 15, 2014 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials closed all but one lane of I-10 West crossing the Mississippi River Bridge after a wreck at the beginning of rush hour. The Department of Transportation and Development said the wreck happened at the top of the bridge, blocking the left and center lanes... more »
  • I-10 bridge lane closings start Wednesday

    September 8, 2014 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The first of 18 months of nighttime lane closures on the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge will start this week. On Wednesday, state Department of Transportation and Development says the eastbound right lane of the bridge will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. On Thursday,... more »
  • Panel looking for traffic fix in Louisiana

    September 7, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This Wednesday, a special bridge panel is holding a public hearing to discuss road and traffic problems in Louisiana. State Rep. Karen St. Germain, chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and a member of the panel, says there is a $12 billion backlog of road and... more »
  • 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 »

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