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  • PHOTOS: Double rainbow spotted in Baton Rouge following afternoon storm

    May 21, 2017 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents in the Baton Rouge area were treated to a pleasant surprise as storm clouds lifted late Sunday afternoon. Several residents sent in pictures of a double rainbow after the heavy rains let up around 6:45 p.m. The multicolored band could spotted from all around Baton... more »
  • New Ascension road projects to tackle traffic problems Play Video

    May 10, 2017 6:47 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - A new initiative called "Move Ascension" aims to reduce traffic along parish roads. "There's three problems, traffic, traffic, and traffic," said Parish President Kenny Matassa. The first road on the list is Roddy Road, that runs from Highway 42 to Airline Highway. At least... more »
  • Louisiana engineers call state roads, bridges 'embarrassing'

    April 30, 2017 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana civil engineers have graded the state's roads and bridges, and they claimed the results were "embarrassing." The Advocate reports that roads were given a D grade and bridges a D-plus in the report card from the Louisiana chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The... more »
  • Ascension to move forward on street widening and intersection projects

    February 6, 2017 6:08 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Department of Public Works will begin prioritizing Parish President Kenny Matassa's recommendations for street widening and intersection improvements on several parish roads. The following roadways are recommended priorities: - Beco Road - C. Braud Road - Cannon Road - Duplessis Road - Germany Road... more »
  • Storms cause severe flooding in Houston

    January 18, 2017 12:44 PM

    HOUSTON, Tx. - Severe storms have caused dangerous amounts of flood water in the Houston area. A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Wharton counties. High water levels have slowed traffic on I-45 and multiple roadways are impassable due to the... more »
  • DOTD cautions Baton Rouge drivers of slick roads overnight Play Video

    January 6, 2017 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD officials are warning drivers possible icy conditions could leave the roads dangerous for drivers. Crews are prepared with salt to keep the roads from freezing overnight. There are many staging areas across the state, including by the Mississippi River Bridge. Workers say they hope to keep... more »
  • Frozen roadways worry Mississippi residents Play Video

    January 6, 2017 10:03 PM

    WOODVILLE, Miss. - As winter storm warnings stay in effect, Mississippi counties are bracing for more ice and cold overnight. Throughout the day Friday, parts of Mississippi experienced rain, sleet, and some snow. What's left behind could cause a mess on the roads. "My buddy passed a car and then... more »
  • Audubon Bridge closed due to winter weather conditions

    January 6, 2017 6:20 PM

    NEW ROADS – Traffic officials say the Audubon Bridge on LA 10 from US 61 to LA 10 in New Roads is closed due to winter weather conditions. #BREAKING : @WBRZ reporting that the Audubon Bridge has been closed. #LaWX @NWSNewOrleans — Josh Eachus WBRZ (@Josh_Eachus) January 6,... more »
  • New Roads Police arrest mom accused of giving birth, dumping newborn baby in Walmart bathroom trash can Play Video

    December 24, 2016 2:33 AM

    NEW ROADS - Just before noon, on Christmas Eve, police from New Roads arrested Kyandrea Thomas. Thomas is accused of giving birth in a Walmart bathroom, then dumping her newborn baby in a bathroom trash can before leaving the store. Thomas was arrested after she checked herself in to Lane... more »
  • State can't afford to keep up with Ascension Parish growth Play Video

    November 17, 2016 5:42 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Today, State Transportation leaders admitted they cannot afford to keep up with the fast pace of growth that is occurring in Ascension Parish. There simply is not enough money to expand state roads that desperately need it in the parish. The old saying, "if you build it... more »
  • Trump's infrastructure plans excite Louisiana businesses, drivers Play Video

    November 10, 2016 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Excitement is growing in Baton Rouge, after President-Elect Donald Trump said he plans to invest $1 trillion to improve the country's infrastructure. Businesses like Ascenion Ready Mix concrete company in Ascension Parish are hoping work picks up once Trump takes office. "I could always use more projects,"... more »
  • Louisiana transportation task force meets Tuesday

    July 11, 2016 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A push that may produce the most sweeping changes in Louisiana's roads and bridges in nearly 30 years gets underway Tuesday. A transportation task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards is set to hold its first meeting. Six months later, it is supposed to make... more »
  • Livingston Parish street repairs in second phase Play Video

    June 14, 2016 6:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A series of roads in Denham Springs are soon to get a face lift. Residents of Denham Springs say that the streets are not only bad in the parish, but dangerous for drivers. "If you come through it'll mess up your front end, it's just ridiculous," Paul... 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 »
  • Livingston Parish releases priority road list Play Video

    March 25, 2016 11:32 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Work on the next batch of roads is expected to begin within the next month after the Livingston Parish Council approved the priority road list Thursday. It's easy to see why Jack Allen Road in French Settlement tops the list as the parish's worst road. Some residents, like... more »
  • Pothole patrol underway after Livingston Parish flooding Play Video

    March 17, 2016 5:43 PM

    KILLIAN - While flooding in Livingston Parish damaged more than 300 homes, the standing water also took a toll on roadways. That's why Livingston Parish Department of Public Works crews are on pothole patrol across the parish. Thursday crews worked in Watson, Albany, Springfield and Killian. DPW sent out three... more »
  • High water leads to road closures in Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 10, 2016 3:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies say several roads are already closed due to high water that has risen as heavy rainfall began Thursday afternoon. The current closures are located in West Ascension Parish and are as follows: St. Patrick Street at Williams Street St. Patrick at the underpass Iberville... 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 »
  • Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

    February 4, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 tax for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead-on-arrival among Republicans... more »
  • Possible gas tax hike for road work Play Video

    February 3, 2016 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some lawmakers want you pay a little more at the pump to help fix the roads. There's no official proposal yet but a 10 cent bump has long been discussed. Currently, Louisiana has a 20 cent gas tax, the ninth lowest in the country. Nationally it's... more »
  • Several road projects delayed in Denham Springs Play Video

    December 28, 2015 5:48 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Several road projects expected to be underway in 2015 did not happen as planned. The most expensive project, Maple Street, was supposed to be overlaid and widened. That road serves as a popular route between Hatchell Lane and Range Avenue near Denham Springs High School. A few... more »
  • More Livingston Parish road work on the way Play Video

    December 21, 2015 5:20 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Another handful of roads are set for a fix in Livingston Parish since extra road money was added to the pot. Parish leaders added $750,000 to the road overlay project since sales tax revenues produced more money than expected. This year the parish has fixed around 40... more »
  • Expect heavier than normal traffic delays Monday

    December 21, 2015 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Like an early Christmas present from the Grinch, Louisiana traffic monitors issued a warning to drivers Monday to expect higher than normal delays for the evening rush. Around lunch time, traffic started building on I-10 eastbound between downtown Baton Rouge. At one point, congestion had reached... more »
  • House passes highway bill that keeps a lid on spending

    November 5, 2015 11:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to continue transportation programs for six years with no significant increase in spending. That's despite warnings that the nation's roads, bridges and transit systems are falling apart. The bill passed on a 363-64 vote with wide bipartisan support. It authorizes $325 billion in spending... more »
  • Rising waters in Baton Rouge cause road closures, dangerous driving conditions

    October 25, 2015 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Heavy rains turned streets into lakes Sunday night around the WBRZ viewing area. The entire area is under an areal flooding warning until 10:30 p.m. Sunday. That means the gradual rain fall we have seen through the weekend has built up, and it is starting to overflow.... more »
  • Council approves splitting money between current, future road projects Play Video

    September 24, 2015 6:12 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a deal to split a pot of money between road construction and right-of-way acquisition. At a council meeting Thursday, the group approved putting $750,000 toward existing road work. Another $250,000 will be spent to buy land for a possible extension of Juban Road.... more »
  • Fix coming to Range Ave. in Denham Springs Play Video

    September 17, 2015 6:40 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Contractors plan to begin work on a $2.2 million project Friday night to fix the bumpy ride on Range Avenue in Denham Springs. Contractors will work nights for about 4 weeks to do asphalt work on Range Avenue south of Interstate 12 near Bass Pro Shops. Then... more »
  • Noisy Joor Road quieted by new pavement Play Video

    September 9, 2015 6:37 PM

    CENTRAL - A fix to quiet down Joor Road in Central is finished after a paving experiment did not work. People who drive down Joor Road say they could not carry on a conversation in the car and had to turn up the radio to tune out road noise before... more »
  • Group suggests fuel tax to pay for road repairs

    August 10, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Advocates for better infrastructure propose a tax on fuel – paid by drivers – as a way to help fund road repairs in Louisiana. Kenneth Perret, the president of Louisiana Good Roads, spoke at a meeting of the Baton Rouge Pess Club Monday. He discussed an... more »
  • 'Worst road' in Livingston Parish getting fixed Play Video

    July 2, 2015 6:08 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Work has started to fix the so-called worst road in Livingston Parish. Once compared to an Iraqi bomb-riddled street, Southpoint Drive in Denham Springs is one of 40 roads on the Livingston Parish overlay project list. "It's like you're in an army tank. I mean... more »
  • Walker making Industrial Park road improvements Play Video

    June 29, 2015 5:46 PM

    WALKER - The city of Walker plans to pave the way for future industrial growth in the Livingston Parish Industrial Park by rehabilitating the only road through the area. The Walker City Council will give the roadwork plans a green light at its meeting Monday. The city will redo... more »
  • Denham Springs spending more on roads Play Video

    June 23, 2015 6:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs plans to spend more than $1 million to improve a handful of roads. That's roughly $340,000 more than the city spent on roadwork last year. Plans to widen and overlay Maple Street account for about half the money. Contractors will... more »
  • Louisiana House votes down sales tax hike for road work

    May 28, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a 1-cent sales-tax hike that would pay for improvements to Louisiana's crumbling roads. Because the proposal by Rep. Karen St. Germain would increase taxes, it needed support from two-thirds of lawmakers. The House voted 52-42 for the bill, far short of... more »
  • Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House

    May 5, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork. The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade:... more »
  • Contractors making progress on Livingston Parish roads Play Video

    April 24, 2015 6:05 PM

    ALBANY - After a long wait road paving is underway for Livingston Parish's overlay project, which tackles 40 of the parish's worst roads. Crews continued laying asphalt on several streets in Albany Friday. They've made strides in the past few weeks. "It's something they need to keep doing... more »
  • Briefs from today's Louisiana Legislature session

    April 20, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation aimed at limiting diversions of state gasoline tax money away from road work started moving Monday in the state House. Without objection, the House Appropriations Committee approved a measure (House Bill 208) by Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, that would place a cap on the dollars... more »
  • Sandbags out in flood areas

    April 14, 2015 12:12 PM

    GONZALES - Flash flood warnings and high water led Ascension Parish authorities to close some roads and make sandbags available for residents Tuesday. The sheriff's office said Donaldsonville and West Bank residents dealing with high water can pick up sandbags at the West Bank Public Works Barn located on... more »
  • Road projects get jump start with money from city-parish Play Video

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Money is available earlier than expected for roads in Baton Rouge. Five projects are being fast tracked with refinanced bonds providing $40 million. The extra money will go toward a Highland-Burbank connector, south of LSU's campus. A major upgrade to Nicholson Drive in that same area.... 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 »
  • 40 Livingston Parish roads getting overhauled Play Video

    January 30, 2015 4:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Forty of Livingston Parish's worst roads will be overhauled soon after the parish council awards a contract for the lowest bid. R.J. Daigle & Sons of Gonzales is expected to be awarded the contract at the parish council meeting on Feb. 12. The company submitted the... more »
  • Task force looking for ways to spend more on La. roads

    January 12, 2015 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rather than offer specific recommendations for directing new cash to Louisiana's roadways, a legislatively-created task force is forwarding all the ideas it heard. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which ends in March, isn't prioritizing proposals it submits to lawmakers, instead letting them sift through concepts to see... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Traffic calming has some less than calm Play Video

    November 12, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An experiment to calm traffic in the Goodwood neighborhood has some wondering if the project will work. The plan changed several streets in the subdivision into one way roads and directed cars, typically cutting through, to other streets. Some residents think the changes will make... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • State panel to look for ways to fix roads

    August 25, 2014 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A special panel is about to launch a study of ways to boost state aid for Louisiana's often-criticized road and bridge system. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which includes legislative leaders and others, was authorized by the Legislature earlier this year and is set to hold its... more »
  • Livingston Parish fixes 7 bridges with grant money Play Video

    August 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish leaders found a way to replace seven worn wooden bridges without spending a dime of parish money. The parish got $4.6 million from a federal grant through the Louisiana Recovery Act. The bridges are scattered throughout the parish, but three are in the Haynes Settlement... 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 »
  • Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair Play Video

    June 26, 2014 3:29 PM

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

    February 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Another road in Ascension Parish has been barricaded due to backwater flooding near the Amite River and Bayou Manchac. That's according to parish president, Tommy Martinez. Broussard road has been added to the list of barricaded roads. Barricades remain at Airport Drive, Kay Drive, Idle Hour... more »
  • Road conditions expected to improve

    January 25, 2014 8:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The roads and bridges closed because of icy conditions are expected to open today as the temperatures rise above freezing and the roadways have had the time to thaw. State troopers say they do not know how long major roads will be closed, but they say the... more »
  • Lee Drive fully open until July 25

    July 21, 2013 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lee Drive between Perkins Road and Highland Road is now fully re-opened to traffic, according to DOTD. DOTD says no closures, including lane closures, are planned along Lee Drive between Perkins and Highland until July 25. Additional information regarding the future closures along Lee Drive... more »

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