December 16, 2014 6:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE - State highway designers have settled on a preferred route for an emergency detour of Louisiana Highway 70 around the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole in Assumption Parish and will seek the public's input on the proposal Wednesday evening. A new state analysis says the 1.09-mile route would cost $10.2... more »
December 3, 2014 10:24 PM
GONZALES - Drivers are cautions after two wrecks where other people on the highway have ignored construction zone warnings in Ascension Parish.
Overnight Tuesday, a driver smashed head-on into a dump truck . The driver of the car that hit the truck was killed. Another driver is on the... more »
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 »
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 »
November 3, 2014 7:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - You'll have to decide on 14 amendments when you head to the polls tomorrow. One group wants to make things easier by encouraging voters to improve Louisiana's roadways.
4 for the Roads wants voters to approve Amendment Four. It gives the state treasurer the power to... more »
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 »
October 28, 2014 11:06 AM
PERU, IN - Police say a large flightless bird forced the closing of a northern Indiana highway for about 10 minutes while officers and motorists tried to corral it. The 5-foot-tall bird called a rhea escaped from a farm Monday and ran onto U.S. 24 near Peru, about 80 miles... more »
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 »
September 25, 2014 10:10 PM
MAUREPAS - State Police believe speed was a factor in a crash where a motorcyclist died Thursday evening.
Irvin W. Lachney, 35, died in the single vehicle wreck on LA Hwy 22 east of LA Hwy 16. Lachney appears to have lost control in a curve, drove into a... more »
September 23, 2014 4:33 AM
OSO, WA - Six months after a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route. The state Transportation Department said Monday night that state... more »
September 22, 2014 9:44 PM
GONZALES - Intermittent lane closures began Monday on LA 30 between Tanger and the Iberville Parish line in Gonzales so the Department of Transportation and Development can patch, mill and lay new asphalt.
While drivers know the road is problematic, they say it needs more than just some patching.... more »
July 28, 2014 10:17 PM
PORT ALLEN - The state is formulating a plan to deal with congestion along an important artery on the west side of the river.
DOTD evaluated La. 1 following a push from the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board. System leaders said bus drivers have trouble running routes because... more »
July 16, 2014 9:15 PM
THERIOT- A woman and her child died after driving off a road through the wetlands in Terrebonne Parish.
Ashley Worrell, 31, and Delaney Lirette, 3, were killed when Worrell ran off Highway 315, south of Falgout Canal Road around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The truck they were in became submerged.... more »
July 15, 2014 2:16 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave... more »
July 14, 2014 6:56 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. The White House says Obama will discuss the issue during remarks Tuesday at a facility in Virginia that tests new technologies for highway transportation. He'll also tout the need to... more »
July 10, 2014 6:33 AM
AMITE - State police say a 20-year-old Amite man trying to make a U-turn on a highway died when an oncoming car struck his passenger side and shoved his car off the roadway. Trooper Jared Sandifer says a 1-year-old child in the other vehicle who was not properly restrained suffered... more »
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 »
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 »
May 12, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Finally, drivers began cruising down four new, clean lanes of Staring Lane Tuesday afternoon.
City Green Light chiefs said it was their priority to open the newly-constructed highway this week and crews spent the afternoon removing orange construction cones and barriers from the thruway.
Now, travel... more »
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 »
April 30, 2014 5:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't want to see cigarette butts on Louisiana's highways. The Senate voted 35-2 Wednesday for a House-approved bill that allows the levying of fines against people who throw cigarettes out their car windows. Under the bill by Marrero Rep. Pat Connick, a first offense for the... more »
March 25, 2014 6:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - A long-awaited expansion of LA 42 in Ascension Parish began Tuesday as crews start the initial phase of the upgrade.
"Today is a dream come true, that I've waited 19 years, seven months, and five days for," said Loretta Templet, who lost her daughter during a... more »
March 24, 2014 9:56 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Two major highway construction projects will overlap since the state is announcing a large project Tuesday.
La. 73 construction between Airline and the interstate won't be finished until October, while construction along La. 42 is expected to begin this week.
Along Higway 73, a gas line conflicts... more »
March 21, 2014 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A $10 million resurfacing project is in the works for a road WBRZ viewers and WBRZ.com users ranked as one of the area's worst.
LA 1 from Plaquemine to White Castle will be fixed later this year. The street is full of potholes.
"It needs a... more »
March 11, 2014 11:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- State leaders know there is a traffic problem, and they are trying to address the issue.
"We are conducting a surface street study to see how we can address traffic when an incident occurs on the interstate," Rodney Mallett with the DOTD said Tuesday.
Mallett was... 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 16, 2013 10:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- Tuesday morning you're sharing the roads with the nation's worst drivers, a new study reports.
A website that tracks car insurance rates, posted the list. Second to Louisiana was South Carolina.
"People drive reckless and fast," driver Talvin Bibbins of Baton Rouge said. "I mean, they... more »
December 6, 2013 8:46 AM
BATON ROUGE- Getting around town Friday has not been easy since multiple traffic issues caused serious issues on highways and interstates.
On I-10, a wreck stopped traffic on both east and westbound lanes at Perkins Road. Traffic was clogged in all directions; over the river into Port Allen in... more »
October 18, 2013 12:18 PM
EGAN, LA - State police say an 82-year-old Lake Arthur woman died in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of La. Highway 100 at Highway 91 in Acadia Parish. Trooper Stephen Hammons says 57-year-old Gary Daigle, of Church Point, was driving west on Highway 100 approaching Highway 91 when... more »
October 16, 2013 4:12 PM
KINDER- Multiple injuries have been reported after a charter bus crashed in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Photos from the scene show a truck and bus collided. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 165 and Highway 101. That is just north of I-10 and south of Kinder.... more »
September 21, 2013 4:26 PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A long-distance truck driver for Wal-Mart has been recognized for traveling 4 million miles without an accident. Warren Greeno of Loveland, Colorado, reached the milestone this year. Today, Wal-Mart executives in Arkansas presented him with a new rig painted red. The 59-year-old rolled up the... 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 »
August 7, 2013 9:01 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A $15.5 million project first slated to finish at the beginning of 2014 has an new estimated completion date because of a host of setbacks.
Highway 73 between I-10 and Airline Highway in Ascension Parish has been under construction since January 2012.
"There have been delays... more »
August 5, 2013 10:52 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Parish leaders hope to begin work on a new bridge for Wax Road by the end of 2013.
Monday, plans entered the review phase. A new bridge will be built to replace on that has been deemed dangerous.
The bridge on Wax Road, near Vincent Road,... more »
July 1, 2013 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Police hope to set-up the first police academy in years by the beginning of 2014.
There are about 100 fewer troopers patrolling the highways of Louisiana than there were in 2008. Leaders are worried about the numerous officers up for retirement in the years ahead.
... more »
June 20, 2013 2:31 PM
NORCO - A chemical truck wrecked and spilled its load, closing Airline Highway near the Bonnet Carre spillway according to State Police.
Troopers said there were no injuries, but the wreck and spill closed a portion of Airline Highway from LA 3217 and LA 628 in both directions.
... more »
June 13, 2013 4:28 PM
GEISMAR - Authorities reopened several highways surrounding a chemical plant in Geismar which exploded earlier today.
The only road still closed was LA 3115 from LA 30 to LA 75.
Several sections of LA 30 and LA 3115 were closed throughout the day after the explosion at 8:30... more »
June 11, 2013 10:39 PM
GONZALES- Parish leaders drafted what is described as a lengthy list of roads in the Ascension Parish that need attention.
The list will be presented to the entire parish council and is compiled from data collected by transportation engineers and a special vehicle used to read road conditions.
... more »
June 11, 2013 5:54 PM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish is using a high-tech van to decide which roads are in need of repair.
The transportation committee meets today to discuss the list of roads that are recommended for maintenance. That's when Jason Taylor, a parish engineer, will present the data he's analyzed.
"If... more »
June 11, 2013 11:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Detectives are currently investigating a shooting that occurred around 10 p.m. Monday night.
Investigators said the 22-year-old victim walked to Highway 19 after being shot and called police. EMS took him to a nearby hospital, where he's expected to recover.
Police said the... more »
May 23, 2013 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mayor-President's Office said some streets will be closed tonight for a movie shoot.
They said there will be intermittent closures on the northbound US 61 ramp to eastbound US 190 for crews to film the movie "Search Party."
The closures will... 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 »
May 21, 2013 10:16 PM
INDEPENDENCE- State Police have not filed charges against a 15-year-old, unlicensed driver who investigators said crashed the car she was driving and killed a ten-year-old sibling.
The driver was with her two brothers and sister, headed to baseball practice Monday when the crash happened on Highway 1054.
"We... more »
May 11, 2013 2:12 PM
MINEOLA, N.Y. - Many Americans admit they've done it, but safety experts say drowsy driving is a problem motorists are just starting to wake up to. A fatigue expert on the National Transportation Safety Board says drowsy driving can be as bad as drunken driving. Police today can easily determine... more »
April 22, 2013 3:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Police had to deal with an unusual crime on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Monday morning.
A group of chickens were loose, running around on the bridge.
Eventually, four were snatched and detained by officers. They were locked-up in the back of a Causeway Police cruiser, just... more »
April 16, 2013 7:07 AM
ERWINVILLE - Two teenagers are dead this morning after a single car crash in West Baton Rouge Parish.
It happened just after 9:30 p.m. Monday on Hwy. 413, north of US 190.
State police say 18-year-old Nikki Nolen of Erwinville was driving southbound when her SUV suddenly ran... more »
April 1, 2013 10:40 AM
PORT ALLEN - Opinions vary among local and state officials whether or not a proposed "West Bank Connector" can get off the ground this legislative session. Wilfred Barry, president of the SJB Group, a Baton Rouge design firm, is working with six parishes on a plan that would bring an... more »
March 22, 2013 1:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - An overnight crash on Airline Hwy near the East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish line left two injured. Troopers say a driver was traveling southbound in the northbound lane.
Robert Teasley has been charged with vehicular negligent injuring, wreckless operation and 2nd offense DWI.
Troopers... more »
February 25, 2013 4:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Verizon Wireless users statewide could be left out in the cold during an emergency on the road.
A Verizon spokeswoman company told News 2 that a problem with their network does not allow customers to access *LSP or 577. She said the company was unaware of the... more »
February 22, 2013 8:40 AM
YORK, Pa. - One person is dead, two others injured after a fiery chain reaction crash in Pennsylvania sparked by a mattress.
State police say it happened Thursday afternoon on Interstate 83 in York County.
Two service trucks from a petroleum company slowed down because of the mattress.... 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 »
February 4, 2013 4:06 PM
STEPHENSVILLE- A six-mile section of busy Highway 70 is getting a major overhaul in St. Martin Parish.
It serves as an evacuation route and thousands of people use the road each day to travel between Morgan City and Baton Rouge.
Melvin Verrett has lived in the community for... more »
January 24, 2013 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Because of the magnitude of special events surrounding Super Bowl and a full slate of parades associated with New Orleans' carnival season, state transportation officials say they are suspending lane closures on all bridges, freeways, expressways and arterial roadways near those activities. The Louisiana Department of Transportation... more »
January 21, 2013 5:28 AM
VILLE PLATTE- Louisiana State Police say a 53-year-old Alabama woman is dead after a collision with a tractor-trailer.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says Donna Saenz of Sampson, Ala., failed to stop at a two-way stop sign on Louisiana Highway 365 and Louisiana 35 in Acadia Parish. She was pronounced dead... more »
January 18, 2013 6:43 AM
MONTPELIER - State Police says a 33-year-old Baton Rouge man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on La. Highway 16 in southeastern St. Helena Parish.
Troopers say David Fontenot Jr.'s sport utility vehicle drifted off the road, hit a parked bulldozer and overturned.
Fontenot, who was not wearing... more »
December 31, 2012 9:32 PM
SLAUGHTER- A man from Baton Rouge died in a vehicle crash on Highway 957 Monday evening.
State Police said Herman D. Ricard, 44, ran off the road in a curve, over corrected, and eventually crossed back over the highway and hit a utility pole then a tree.
Ricard... more »
December 12, 2012 12:00 PM
POINTE COUPEE - An overturned school bus closed a portion of La. 420 in Pointe Coupee Parish for a time this morning.
According to the sheriff's office, only the driver was on board when it wrecked earlier this morning. They had minor injuries, and were taken to a nearby... more »
December 11, 2012 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON - A federal study says about 360 people a year are killed in wrong-way driving crashes on high-speed highways, a majority of which involve alcohol.
The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting Tuesday to review the study and consider recommendations on countermeasures to prevent such collisions.
One... more »
November 27, 2012 3:01 PM
WASHINGTON - A government watchdog says direct costs from deaths and injuries in motorcycle crashes were $16 billion in 2010, but the full cost is likely higher.
The report by the Government Accountability Office said motorcyclists are involved in fatal crashes at higher rates than drivers of other types... more »
November 13, 2012 10:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge woman died this morning after a wreck on Jefferson Highway.
Sheriff's deputies said Shannan Fergeson Taylor, 29, was hit at the intersection of Jefferson and Inniswold around 8:30 a.m.
They said her seat belt didn't work, so she wasn't wearing it when... more »
October 30, 2012 10:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The use of seat belts in Louisiana has reached a record high of 79.3 percent this year. It's a factor officials say is contributing to the state's declining highway death rate.
The 79.3 percent rate is an increase from last year's 77.7 percent, which itself matched... more »
October 29, 2012 3:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge said they're still searching for a masked gunman who held up a payday loan business today.
Cpl. Thomas Stubbs with BRPD said they were called to American Cash Advance Payday Loans at 7171 Airline Highway around 12:30 p.m. He said they were... more »
October 11, 2012 10:11 PM
ALBANY- A 74-year-old man died Thursday in a crash at an I-12 Exit in Livingston Parish.
Bruce Beever died. State Police said he was not wearing a seat belt when his pick-up crashed.
"He exited the interstate at Albany, when he lost control of the vehicle and slid... more »
October 11, 2012 6:04 PM
ALBANY - A deadly wreck closed an exit off I-12 West in Livingston Parish this afternoon.
State Police said the driver of a pickup lost control while exiting I-12 at Albany. They said his vehicle ran off the road and crashed, and the driver died at the scene.
... more »
October 2, 2012 9:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews are responding to a fatal crash just outside city limits.
Sources say a motorcyclist died in the wreck, near Jefferson and Highland.
No other details were available.
Stay with WBRZ.com and News2 for updates. more »
September 28, 2012 3:21 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State highway 73 in Ascension Parish re-opened this afternoon after being closed for nine hours after a three-vehicle wreck which killed a Prairieville woman.
State Police said the wreck happened around 6:30 a.m. on La. 73 north of Airline Highway. They said Carolyn Brulliette, 56, died in... more »
September 28, 2012 7:51 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A state highway near Prairieville remained closed as authorities continued clearing a three-vehicle wreck from earlier this morning.
The wreck involved a cement truck and two other vehicles, and happened around 7 a.m. on La. 73 between Airline Highway and La. 42.
The wreck closed La.... more »
September 6, 2012 7:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Louisiana a $3.5 million grant to help remove debris from highways and repair roads affected by Hurricane Isaac.
U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter announced the grant Wednesday. The money is from DOT's Emergency Relief Grant Program.
... more »
August 31, 2012 10:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - State police report on highway condition in southeast Louisiana as of 10:30 a.m. Friday: Interstate 10 closed from Gramercy (exit 187) to I-310, both directions. Interstate 55 is now fully open, but exits between I-10 (LaPlace) and I-12 (Hammond) are closed. U.S. Highway 61 is now open... more »
August 23, 2012 5:45 PM
LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Parish Council is scheduled to vote tonight on creating a toll authority for the Livingston Ascension Throughway.
The project would provide drivers with an alternate route between Airline Highway and Interstate 12.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks is optimistic the council will back the plan.... more »
July 11, 2012 4:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police investigated a two-vehicle wreck in East Baton Rouge Parish that killed a Clinton woman today.
The wreck happened just after 10 a.m. on Liberty Road north of La. 64. Troopers said Nancy Pierce, 48, died at the scene.
Investigators said a pickup driven... more »
June 12, 2012 5:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - After more than three years of construction and subsequent traffic delays, The Department of Transportation and Development has opened Interstate 12 between O'Neal Lane in East Baton Rouge Parish and Juban Road in Livingston Parish.
"It's the best thing that I could ever wish for to... more »
May 23, 2012 8:12 AM
PORT ALLEN- All lanes are open on U.S. 190 at LA 983 (Bueche Road) in West Baton Rouge Parish.
U.S. 190 was closed Monday morning after an explosion and fire at the Air Liquide plant.
Crews extinguished the blaze Tuesday and are inspecting cylinders containing acetylene at the... more »
May 21, 2012 5:22 PM
TUNICA - Bond was set at $1.25 million Monday for a north Mississippi man charged in a highway shooting case and another alleged attack. Authorities say 28-year-old James Willie remained in the Tunica County Jail after a Justice Court judge set bond during his initial court appearance. A sheriff's department... more »
May 18, 2012 2:32 PM
JACKSON - Authorities say robbery appears to be the motive of a suspect in a pair of killings that frightened motorists in northwestern Mississippi. Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp said Friday that 28-year-old James D. Willie was arrested after the investigation of an alleged rape turned up evidence linking him... more »
May 18, 2012 7:38 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - A suspect in two deadly highway shootings in Mississippi is behind bars. Authorities say 28-year-old James Willie will be charged with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and rape. Earlier this month, two people were found dead either in or near their cars along two highways.
Police... more »
May 15, 2012 11:08 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS- It's no secret some rural roads in Livingston Parish can be a serious headache. It's why News 2 used a unique experiment to test the bumpy roads in the area.
Using a cup of water filled to the brim and taped down to the dashboard of a... more »
May 14, 2012 6:02 PM
HERNANDO - Mississippi police are keeping many details to themselves of two deadly shootings along Mississippi highways that authorities believe could be at the hands of someone posing as law enforcement who is pulling people over. DeSoto County district attorney John Champion said at a Monday news conference that specifics... more »
February 14, 2012 6:39 AM
MACON, Ga. - A federal report details plans for a possible new interstate highway that would move traffic from Augusta through central Georgia and Alabama to Natchez, Miss. In Georgia, one proposal calls for the interstate cutting through an area just south of Macon. No funding for the federal route... more »
February 9, 2012 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Twenty cents from every gallon of gas goes to the Louisiana Highway Trust Fund to pay for road improvements and infrastructure. But the state's legislature wants to take $43 million away from that fund to help balance the budget.
It leaves drivers and local leaders angry.... more »