September 30, 2014 6:03 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Crews are in the final stages of work on an upgrade to Prairieville Middle school, but some think the roads that lead to the school could use a face-lift too.
The school is located at the corner of Daigle Road and Henry Road, both roads need to be... more »
September 29, 2014 3:29 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is looking for money for a four-lane alternate route from Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after the project failed to win a federal grant. The one-mile, $12 million road to Lamar-Dixon was not among the projects the U.S. Department of Transportation said earlier this month... more »
September 4, 2014 5:28 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - After nearly three years of work, the $15.5 million dollar project to widen LA 73 isn't near completion.
The Department of Transportation and Development set a new deadline for the contractor to finish, but it won't arrive until the Summer of 2015.
Crews got extra time... more »
August 23, 2014 1:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - At 14 years old, Lance Abshire has established himself as one of the best young cyclists in the state...and the country.
At the National Championships in Wisconsin this summer, Lance finished second in both the time trials and the road race.
Both he and his... more »
August 11, 2014 6:17 PM
PRAIREVILLE- A list of dozens of roads in Ascension Parish in need of critical repair was approved by the parish council. At least 39 roads are considered in critical need of repair and will get a fix within the next few months.
The parish will seek bids for the... more »
July 19, 2014 2:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the state transportation department to help fix a main road through the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge. The road has been unusable for nearly a month. E.C. Harrison Road gave way when an aging culvert crumbled. University officials sought state aid... more »
July 16, 2014 6:36 PM
ZACHARY - Frustrations are mounting with Zachary residents who live along Rollins Road.
The reconstruction of the road started late last year and was supposed to be finished in June. However, the construction company the city contracted said they ran into delays.
Residents just want the road to... more »
July 14, 2014 3:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police have named a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Baton Rouge over the weekend, leaving the victim with life-threatening injuries.
It happened Sunday night just before nine in the 5600 block of Prescott Road.
Police say Jonathan Foster and the victim got into... more »
June 18, 2014 9:39 PM
GONZALES - A few days after an SUV carrying two people drove off of Coontrap Road and into New River, people are talking about the dangers the road brings for drivers.
"It's a fairly smooth road, but people speed through that curve," Gonzales Fire Chief Tracy Normand explained. Normand... more »
June 16, 2014 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE -Southern University in Baton Rouge is trying to beat the school rush by coming up with a possible bridge to go over the washed-out road temporarily on Harrison street.
It's been more than two weeks since the damaged road went down due to an old drainage system,... more »
June 12, 2014 10:38 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - A list of 61 roads, or sections of roads, are on a list ready for redevelopment after a meeting Thursday night where the Livingston Parish Council adopted a priority road list.
The first half of this list, 29 roads, are already funded and will cost the... 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 9, 2014 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a shooting.
The shooting happened in the 18000 block of Magnolia Bridge Road on April 24.
Detectives say the suspect became angry when the car in front of him... 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 6:31 PM
GONZALES- After a trio of councilmen forced changes to the city's budget to fund an $800,000 road study, some questions are being raised as to whether or not Terance Irvin has a conflict of interest in the vote.
The study would look at a possible service road connecting LA... more »
April 28, 2014 7:50 PM
VIENNA, AUSTRIA- Police in Austria are looking for the owner of a large python that was left on the side of the road and scared a driver stretching his legs.
An unidentified man told police he stumbled on the ten-foot snake packed in a sack in a forest area... more »
April 11, 2014 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Tuesday, city leaders want to discuss a widening project for Hooper Road.
Engineers are just beginning the process of redesigning the busy highway. Right now, it is two lanes.
The meeting about Hooper Road is set for April 15th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It will... more »
April 10, 2014 10:21 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council talked about the real problem on Eden Church Road: clogged drains and not bad design.
For years, residents along Eden Church have complained about flooding, no matter how little or how much it rained.
"That's all I can ask... 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 12, 2014 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a plan to take control over busy roads from the state, streamlining and expediting road construction on the major thoroughfares.
Wednesday, the metro council approved a move to take Government Street, a section of Nicholson Drive, and River Road from the control of the... more »
March 11, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders are expected to vote on a measure that could mean more immediate road repairs in two sections of the city.
Wednesday, the metro council has to decide on a road take over plan. It means three streets: Government, parts of Nicholson, and a stretch of... more »
February 26, 2014 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council introduced a proposal Wednesday to transfer three roads from state control to city-parish control.
The city would be responsible for repairs that could be done faster than if the state was in charge of the highways and making upgrades.
The swap would... more »
February 26, 2014 11:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - Emergency road repairs will close one lane of Acadian Thruway near Bawell Street in the southbound direction.
The Department of Transportation and Development says the closure is immediate and will be effective until further notice.
One lane will be open at all times but wide... more »
February 13, 2014 11:46 PM
LIVINGSTON- Road projects will begin soon since the parish council and president met on common ground and hired a road engineer to tackle the parish road program.
The road rehab project has been on hold since the parish president and council could not agree on the procedure to hire... more »
December 24, 2013 10:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - City leaders are calling on the Department of Transportation and Development to lower a speed limit in Denham Springs.
Cockerham Road, between Range Ave. and Lockhart, is a busy two-lane street near a high school and two elementary schools.
The speed limit is 45 mph... more »
December 9, 2013 10:25 PM
WALKER - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is considering a proposal to improve traffic and safety along LA 447 in Walker.
Roundabouts, a growing trend across the country and now in Louisiana, have been proven to decrease accidents drastically engineers say. And, DOTD believes the design may... more »
November 14, 2013 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - DOTD officials in East Baton Rouge Parish have announced the Redwood Creek bridge on Lemon Road between Jacock Road and Lemon B Road is now closed for repairs.
No word on how long the bridge will be closed.
Drivers are urged to use Jacock Road... more »
October 18, 2013 11:48 PM
CENTRAL- Hooper Road will get a needed upgrade soon.
A $1 million project will expand the highway to four lanes. The state is paying for the work.
Only a section will be done at first, then more will be expanded. The plan calls for the stretch from Blackwater... more »
October 17, 2013 10:21 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council approved a new tax to fund a parish juvenile detention center. In addition, a new study concerning a potential toll road is coming to Ascension.
The new tax will add about 10-20 dollars per year to property taxes in the parish. Ascension is... more »
October 17, 2013 6:21 PM
GALVEZ- A Californian company is getting the opportunity to study the feasibility of a toll road connecting LA 42 in Ascension and LA 16 in Livingston.
The two parishes handed over the reigns to American Transportation Partners to begin a two year study on the road.
If the... more »
October 13, 2013 10:57 AM
JENNINGS- The City Council will seek up to $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant money from the state to pay for a proposed street overlay project. City Clerk Barbara Lantz tells The American Press that Jennings is eligible to receive up to $600,000 for the project. Any grant money awarded... more »
October 7, 2013 11:41 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - The scheduled closure of Duplessis Road at La. 73 in Ascension Parish will begin on Wednesday, October 16.
The road will re-open on Wednesday, October 30.
The road closure had previously been scheduled to begin on October 9.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development... more »
August 25, 2013 11:34 AM
THIBODAUX - The Tiger Drive Bridge will close after the Labor Day holiday as replacement of the span begins. Mayor Tommy Eschete tells The Daily Comet the bridge will close Sept. 3. Construction of its replacement is expected to take about 8 months. Thibodaux businesses and residents have long complained... more »
August 8, 2013 10:10 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State highway officials have pushed back the completion date of a $15.5 million project to widen La. 73 in Ascension Parish to June, making it about eight months later than the original target date given when construction began in the fall of 2011. Officials said the contractor is... 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 31, 2013 4:47 PM
NEW ROADS - A judge today did not grant a request by the town of New Roads to halt a tax increase from being enacted in Pointe Coupee Parish.
The town's mayor, Robert Myer, said they would appeal the decision.
At issue is a millage increase which would... more »
July 25, 2013 9:57 AM
SATSUMA - State Police said an 18-year-old driver didn't stop at a stop sign and was killed when her pickup was hit by a big rig in Livingston Parish this morning.
Troopers said an infant in the truck with Isabella Lacasse had minor injuries, and survived the wreck.
... more »
July 18, 2013 4:59 PM
NEW ROADS - The mayor of New Roads filed today to have a judge stop the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury from doubling the millage rates for people in the city.
Mayor Robert Myer said in a press release the increase was "unconstitutional" and "unfair" for the people of... more »
July 15, 2013 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two kids survived a crash when a mini van collided into an 18-wheeler on the newly opened Central Thruway, the driver is in critical condition at a hospital.
Police said the driver, a 28-year-old woman, ran the red light at the beginning of the thruway at Choctaw.... more »
July 15, 2013 6:36 PM
CENTRAL - An 18-wheeler slammed into the side of a van on the newly-opened Central Thruway this evening, according to authorities.
It happened at the intersection of the thruway and South Choctaw. EMS said the van's driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The thruway, which... more »
July 15, 2013 4:13 PM
LIVINGSTON - Construction crews have begun giving U.S. 190 a facelift, part of a $4.4 million project to fix the stretch of road in Livingston Parish.
Crews are currently doing patchwork and will overlay the highway to make it safer. Residents living near the highway said they're glad to... more »
July 12, 2013 9:10 AM
MINDEN- A road rage incident involving a gun on Interstate 20 in Louisiana has landed a Texas man in jail. State police say the alleged victim was traveling west on I-20 near Minden around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when the driver of a small pickup began tailgating and making inappropriate hand... 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 10, 2013 9:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Construction on a stretch of interstate here is almost complete.
Right now, construction to expand the interstate shuts off a lane between the Highland and Siegen Road exits. That bottlenecks traffic especially during rush hour.
But the Department of Transportation confirms by the end of... 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 15, 2013 3:02 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana may ease some of the restrictions on the use of federal aid money in the state Road Home program for homeowners who were looking to rebuild, repair or sell property damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state's Office of Community said its proposals include... more »
April 23, 2013 1:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Florida Boulevard is back open after a deadly wreck this afternoon in Baton Rouge.
Police said a car crashed into a pole in the 12400 block of Florida at Longbow. The wreck closed Florida in both directions.
Traffic was diverted onto surface roads while police... more »
April 9, 2013 3:38 PM
CENTRAL - Authorities closed a portion of Sullivan Road in Central this afternoon when they said a natural gas line broke.
Derek Glover with Central Fire said a four-inch pipe broke or bent in three places and spilled some gas near Sullivan Road.
They closed Sullivan between Brent... more »
March 27, 2013 11:00 AM
CENTRAL - State Police closed a section of Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said a gravel truck overturned.
The closure is between Pride Baywood Road and LA 63, according to Central Police.
State Police said there were moderate injuries at the scene, and... more »
March 15, 2013 4:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A cement truck spill closed a busy Baton Rouge highway this afternoon, according to city police.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the truck spilled cement on Jefferson Highway near Corporate Boulevard this afternoon.
The road re-opened just after 4:30 p.m., after the hardened cement was cleared... more »
March 6, 2013 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police closed a portion of Highland Road in southern Baton Rouge after an 18-wheeler carrying a hazardous chemical turned over.
Baton Rouge Fire spokesperson Curt Monte said the driver tried to turn onto Highland from Gardere, but took it too sharp and the truck went into... more »
February 25, 2013 11:21 PM
LAFAYETTE - The LSU Tigers say they will conduct themselves with nothing but professionalism when they hit the road to the ULL Ragin Cajuns for their first away game of the season.
Although there has been bad blood in the past, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri says he doesn't... more »
February 25, 2013 2:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials announced they will add signs and clearer road striping at the I-10 and Picardy exit where a driver went off the side of an embankment and into a nearby creek.
Investigators said the driver died of natural causes before her SUV went off... more »
February 13, 2013 3:44 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Police alerted drivers in Denham Springs they plan to close an intersection of River Road tomorrow due to flooding.
Denham Springs Police posted an alert on their Nixle message service that they plan to close River Road at Benton Lane early Thursday.
Drivers were told... more »
February 7, 2013 2:43 PM
Baton Rouge- Portions of Stanford Avenue and Perkins Road in Baton Rouge will be closed due to the Southdowns Mardi Gras Parade Friday evening.
This is in addition to residential streets in the Southdowns neighborhood.
Stanford from Hyacinth Avenue to Perkins Road will be closed from 8 p.m.... more »
February 4, 2013 5:53 PM
ASCENSION - Neighbors living on and near Bayou Manchac say a road closure is sending them on a 45-minute detour.
Alligator Bayou Road closed nearly two weeks ago when two flood pumps were installed to drain water out of Alligator Bayou, Spanish Lake and Bluff Swamp.
The pipes... more »
January 24, 2013 10:57 AM
GREENSBURG- The St. Helena Parish Police Jury wants to rededicate two sources of tax revenue to road improvements, which all jurors agreed is an immediate necessity. On a 4-2 vote, the jury decided this week to seek advice from bond attorneys about possibly rededicating a 5-mill ad valorem tax that... more »
January 21, 2013 7:02 AM
SULPHUR - The city will soon advertise for bids to update signals at two main intersections as part of a long-term plan to improve traffic flow.
The City Council approved authorization for the ads to begin Feb. 21 to change signals at the intersections of Huntington and Cypress streets... more »
January 18, 2013 11:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders had to cut an elderly woman from her SUV after a wreck on Greenwell Springs Road this morning.
It happened at the intersection of Greenwell Springs and Platt Drive. Surveillance video showed the woman's vehicle turning left at the intersection, then getting hit in... more »
January 16, 2013 7:42 AM
LAKE CHARLES - Troopers say prescription drug use contributed to the increase in traffic deaths that State Police Troop D investigated in 2012.
Sgt. James Anderson says Troop D responded to 28 fatal crashes in which 34 people died, up from 20 people killed in crashes in 2011.
... more »
January 15, 2013 12:22 PM
GONZALES - State Police said one person died in a wreck this morning in Ascension Parish.
It happened around noon at the intersection of La. 931 and Roddy Road north of Gonzales.
Investigators said a truck heading west with two people inside didn't stop at the four-way stop,... more »
January 14, 2013 10:40 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish authorities continued to deal with swamped roads and high river levels after heavy flooding last week and more rain this past weekend.
Waterways are still closed to recreational watercraft until they drop back down to safe levels again.
Here's a list of current road... more »
January 11, 2013 12:12 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials in Livingston Parish posted the following update on roads around the parish to Facebook.
Drivers are asked not to go around barricades into flooded areas. Rescue workers said they had to spend more time helping people who drove past the barricades and got stuck... more »
January 10, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Severe weather swamped already-flooded parishes this morning, forcing closed more roads and schools.
Here's a list of updated closings for Jan. 10:
SCHOOL CLOSINGS - Pointe Coupee Parish Public Schools: closing at noon - St. Mary Parish Public Schools - St. Helena Parish Public Schools... more »
January 9, 2013 9:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- A flash flood watch continues through Thursday night for much of the Capital City region.
After nearly a day of rain, the skies dried. But, it will return overnight into early Thursday morning.
Experts at WBRZ Weather 2 said to expect early thunderstorms and an additional... more »
January 9, 2013 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - High water caused by the constant rainfall overnight closed some local schools and roads around the greater Baton Rouge area.
All recreational boat traffic will be closed on Ascension Parish waterways as well, starting at 6 p.m. tonight.
The following schools are closed as of... more »
December 18, 2012 10:22 AM
UNDATED - The Golden State Warriors are back home following a sensational 6-1 road trip that included wins at Brooklyn, Miami and Atlanta. It was the team's best trip of at least six games since winning four of seven during the 1970-71 season. The East Coast trek has the Warriors... more »
November 8, 2012 7:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of people arrested for driving while intoxicated each year, continue to drive on Louisiana roads. According to state law an offender's license shall be suspended at arrest, not conviction. But over the past two years, we found thousands of people slip through the cracks. News 2 found... more »
October 19, 2012 5:31 PM
PORT ALLEN - Cane harvest season is underway, which means drivers need to be aware of added dangers on the road.
Slow-moving trucks and farm equipment will be more present on local highways as the cane is taken to mill. Farmers often use signs to warn motorists in locations... more »
September 27, 2012 5:45 PM
CENTRAL - Construction is now underway on the next phase of the Central Thruway. It involves widening Sullivan Road between Greenwell Springs Road and Wax Road. It also involves improving the intersections along the route.
This project will tie into O'Neal Lane. Once connected to other routes, it will... more »
September 26, 2012 1:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed part of a work road as more land sloughed off into it.
Parish officials said a 30 foot by 50 foot section of land on the southeast side of the sinkhole near Bayou Corne collapsed overnight. The slough in took... more »
September 14, 2012 2:13 PM
Baton Rouge- All lanes on I-10 west at Highland Road in Baton Rouge are now open, following a five-vehicle wreck this afternoon.
It happened just after 12:30 p.m.
State Police said there were no serious injuries.
September 6, 2012 7:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - Work to widen Interstates 10 and 12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes has resumed.
The state Department of Transportation and Development had suspended construction on the interstates as Hurricane Isaac approached last week to speed evacuation and help emergency workers.
With activities beginning... 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 30, 2012 7:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Flooding, road conditions and power outages in the wake of Isaac led officials to keep state offices in 13 parishes closed Friday.
Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater announced state offices would be closed in the following parishes:
... more »
August 27, 2012 10:07 AM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston and Ascension parishes are forming a toll road authority in an attempt to get a toll road built between the two parishes.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says the toll road would run between La. Highway 447 in Livingston Parish and Highway 42 in Ascension Parish,... more »
August 6, 2012 10:50 AM
ZACHARY - Parish leaders announced plans to widen MacHost Road in Zachary today.
EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden's office said MacHost is a well-traveled parish road that's narrow with no shoulders and deep ditches on each side.
They also said it's been the site of many wrecks which caused... more »