May 22, 2013 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - A wreck involving a flipped vehicle caused traffic to back up this morning on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge.
The Department of Transportation and Development reported the wreck on I-10 East flipped a car and forced authorities to close some lanes in both directions.... more »
May 21, 2013 5:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Motorists in Louisiana will have to add tweets and Facebook updates to the list of activity banned while driving, in addition to texting. A bill prohibiting posting to social media sites while driving gained final approval with a 34-1 Senate vote on Tuesday. It now heads to... more »
May 21, 2013 10:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - State Police plan to take a closer look at seat belt usage in back seats during their annual Click It or Ticket campaign.
The state passed a law in 2009 requiring all vehicle occupants, including those in the back seat, to buckle up. Troopers say more... more »
May 16, 2013 4:03 PM
BATON ROUGE- First responders had to pull a woman out of a car when it plunged into a creek Thursday.
Authorities said one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The car drove into Wards Creek after careening off Essen Lane near the hospital.
Details... more »
May 16, 2013 1:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A ban on posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while driving appears likely to hit Louisiana's law books. Both the House and Senate have easily approved the idea. The proposal has one more stop before reaching final passage after getting unanimous House backing Thursday.... more »
May 14, 2013 12:03 PM
WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05... more »
May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - Drivers are racking up parking tickets by the dozens in Baton Rouge, and a News 2 investigation revealed who's at the top of the list.
There are more than 45,000 individual cars with unpaid tickets in the city-parish. Some of those have more than 150 outstanding... more »
April 30, 2013 10:35 PM
GONZALES- New traffic lights are expected to control the flow of new traffic that could come as a result of new developments along Hwy. 44 near I-10.
A community college, an expanding business development, and real-estate are all planned for the area.
Drivers have expressed concerns over traffic... more »
April 25, 2013 11:26 AM
CHALMETTE - Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco wants to put traffic cameras along La. Highway 23 and in some neighborhoods to reinforce his thin ranks of patrol officers. The Times-Picayune reports the Parish Council could consider the measure when it meets today. With three traffic fatalities since February last year... more »
April 24, 2013 6:21 PM
GROSSE TETE - State Police said a wreck which shut down a lane of traffic on I-10 East killed at least one person.
Trooper Jared Sandifer confirmed the wreck at mile marker 144 was a fatality. He did not have any more information about what caused it.
I-10... more »
April 24, 2013 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish School System leaders said three school buses collided during the evening rush Wednesday.
The buses were likely leaving the school bus transfer point when the crash happened on Airline Highway, near Beechwood Drive a system spokesperson told WBRZ News 2.
Some students... more »
April 24, 2013 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Flooding on numerous streets in Baton Rouge caused traffic problems after strong storms moved through the capital area this morning.
Click here to see a gallery of flood pics from around East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Department of Transportation and Development briefly closed I-110 due... more »
April 23, 2013 9:33 PM
LIVINGSTON- Emergency responders worked two crash scenes involving horses on highways Tuesday night.
The first, on Hwy. 42 near Hwy. 63, killed a horse and injured the person driving a vehicle that was involved in the wreck.
Shortly after that incident, Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies used social media... more »
April 23, 2013 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON - Two senators are urging the Obama administration to postpone the furloughing of air traffic controllers, saying the turmoil caused by reduced staffing raises economic and security concerns as well as inconveniencing thousands of travelers. Kansas Republican Jerry Moran says delaying the furloughs that began Sunday would both give... more »
April 23, 2013 8:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Crews have cleared a multi-car crash that caused heavy delays along Interstate 10 this morning.
The accident happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday on the westbound side between the Perkins and Acadian exits.
Crews temporarily closed all lanes of I-10 W at Acadian to clear the... more »
April 23, 2013 7:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic is at a standstill this morning along Interstate 10 after a multi-vehicle crash between the Perkins and Acadian exits.
DOTD says all lanes of I-10 W at Acadian are closed at this time.
Delays from the accident have extended to the 10/12 split.
... 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 17, 2013 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities reopened I-10 West this evening after a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge closed it for more than an hour.
The Department of Transportation and Development said several vehicles were involved, including multiple tractor trailers.
Traffic was diverted north at the I-10 and I-110... more »
April 4, 2013 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed I-110 North after a wreck this evening in Baton Rouge.
The wreck happened just past the Fuqua exit, according to DOTD. It also closed the inside lane on I-110 South.
Police directed traffic off at Fuqua. Traffic backed up in both directions from... 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 29, 2013 4:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - The River Center is anticipating its largest crowd in history this weekend, which could also mean historic traffic downtown.
Friday's Elton John and Anthony Hamilton concerts will bring an estimated 13,000 people to the Baton Rouge venue.
Hamilton's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the... more »
March 29, 2013 7:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - Old Hammond Hwy. has reopened to traffic after crews cleared an accident involving an 18-wheeler overnight.
Police say the rig and a pickup truck were involved in the crash just before 3:30 a.m. Friday, forcing officers to shut down the road between S. Flannery and Elwick... 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 27, 2013 7:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say all lanes are open at I-10 West at Perkins, after an early morning accident.
Drivers should expect delays on the interstate as congestion from the wreck has reached past Essen on I-10 and I-12.
No word on if anyone was injured. more »
March 25, 2013 5:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police released the details about a crash that killed a Motorist Assistance Patrol worker Monday.
Jim Gilmer, 68, was killed when his specialized state vehicle ran over him after it was rear-ended by a semi.
The crash happened Monday morning in a westbound lane on I-10... more »
March 25, 2013 3:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man killed on the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge Monday worked for the state Motorist Assistance Patrol, known as MAP.
State transportation leaders said the employee was called to the westbound lanes of the bridge to remove debris. He was killed in a two-vehicle crash. Details of... more »
March 22, 2013 9:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Crews will be inspecting the Horace Wilkinson Bridge, also known as the "New Bridge," where I-10 crosses the Mississippi River Saturday and Sunday.
It's a routine inspection. Crews have been checking out other bridges in the area.
Expect one eastbound lane to be closed for the... more »
March 19, 2013 9:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's roads and other infrastructure elements were rated a C- by a group of engineers.
The American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Report Card suggests roads, bridges, and levees aren't up to par.
Researchers said more than half of roadways are in poor or mediocre condition.... more »
March 18, 2013 10:28 PM
CENTRAL- Police officers will, for the first time, be writing tickets to people who disobey traffic laws.
In the past, no city court meant Central Police could not write tickets. Now, the department has a deal worked-out with the District Attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish. It allows for... more »
March 15, 2013 9:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- There could be trouble on area interstates Saturday and Sunday.
The state is doing work in some areas, and traffic will be heavy for a popular parade Saturday that rolls through Baton Rouge that morning.
Both Saturday and Sunday, DOTD crews are doing what's described as... more »
February 26, 2013 12:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials warned drivers to watch for big trucks and construction crews during two projects on I-10 and I-12.
The construction, part of the Geaux Wider project, will take place overnight this week.
Officials asked drivers on I-12 to watch for lane closures between... more »
February 25, 2013 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation leaders hope to gather input from the community that will help plan future road improvements on La. 1 between West Baton Rouge Parish and Plaquemine.
The survey is part of a study that should wrap by summer. Click here to give your input.
... more »
February 25, 2013 3:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials asked people today to help them improve traffic on the La. 1 corridor.
The Department of Transportation and Development posted a survey for people to answer if they drive along La. 1. DOTD hopes it will help them improve traffic and safety along... more »
February 21, 2013 12:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge removed a woman who was impeding noontime interstate traffic on the Mississippi River Bridge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the woman was removed safely from the bridge a short time ago.
According to DOTD, westbound I-10 traffic is backed up to the... more »
February 19, 2013 9:26 PM
PORT ALLEN- Engineers are studying traffic flow on parts of LA 1, looking into ways to improve the highway.
DOTD is focusing on the area from the Intracoastal Waterway (North Line Road) to Bayou Plaquemine (LA 988- Schnebelen Road).
"We are looking at ways to improve traffic flow,... 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 18, 2013 8:48 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - All eastbound lanes are now open along Interstate 12 at Juban Rd. after a multi-vehicle crash that left one person dead.
It happened around 1 a.m. Monday.
Emergency officials in Livingston Parish say three vehicles were involved, including an 18-wheeler.
The driver of one... more »
February 18, 2013 4:12 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The eastbound lanes of Interstate 12 at Juban Rd. remain closed this morning after a multi-vehicle crash that left one person dead.
It happened around 1 a.m. Monday.
Emergency officials in Livingston Parish say three vehicles were involved, including an 18-wheeler.
The driver of... more »
February 12, 2013 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will debate the controversial red light camera system Wednesday evening.
An item on the week's Metro Council meeting deals with the camera system's contract. American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is in charge of the cameras that snap pictures of drivers running red lights and mails... more »
February 8, 2013 9:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A car fire closed parts of the interstate through the area Friday night.
For about two hours, I-10 Eastbound near Highland Road was closed. Even after the car fire was extinguished, the highway had to remain closed until crews could get the vehicle towed away.
The... more »
February 8, 2013 8:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- I-10 Eastbound at Highland Road is closed after a car caught on fire.
The fire has been extinguished, but State Police are working to get a wrecker to move the vehicle.
Expect delays through the evening.
Follow the publisher of this post on... more »
February 5, 2013 7:05 AM
AUSTIN, Texas - An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion hours sitting in traffic in 2011. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has released a report that found Americans are adapting to road congestion by allowing, on average, an hour to make a trip that... more »
January 31, 2013 1:19 AM
BATON ROUGE- One person is dead after a crash on Airline Highway Wednesday night. The roadway was closed for hours as investigators worked the scene.
The wreck involved an SUV and a tanker truck.
According to State Police, the tanker pulled into westbound lanes of Airline just east... more »
January 30, 2013 9:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- Airline Highway was closed Wednesday evening after a crash involving a tanker truck and an SUV.
State Police said someone died.
Responders told news 2 crews on the scene that the person driving the SUV had to be cut from underneath the tanker truck. There has... more »
January 29, 2013 3:14 PM
GEISMAR - State Police released the name of a truck driver accused of causing a chain-reaction wreck this morning which closed La. 30 in Ascension Parish for hours.
Trooper Jared Sandifer said they arrested Derrick W. Myles, 35, of Plaquemine after they said he didn't stop his tractor-trailer at... more »
January 29, 2013 10:58 AM
GEISMAR - State Police arrested a truck driver they suspect to have been impaired when they were involved in a multi-vehicle wreck this morning in Ascension Parish.
Troopers reopened La. 30 in Geismar after a six-vehicle pileup at 6:30 a.m. closed it for several hours. State Police said two... more »
January 28, 2013 8:49 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- The Coast Guard says a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed to barge and ship traffic as cleanup crews with booms work to remove an oily sheen near Vicksburg after a barge with 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge last weekend. Coast Guard... 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 23, 2013 12:49 AM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved some project specs for wholesaler Costco.
The store is set to be built on the site of the old Coca Cola bottling plant near Airline and I-12.
City leaders heard concerns from people about the plan. Some are worried about traffic in the... more »
January 21, 2013 4:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A vehicle ran into a restaurant in the Gardere area this afternoon, breaking a gas line inside according to authorities.
It happened in the 9400 block of Burbank Drive around 3:45 p.m. Authorities closed the eastbound lanes of Burbank as a result, and told drivers to... more »
January 21, 2013 10:49 AM
GONZALES - Authorities in Ascension and Livingston parishes announced waterways in both areas will reopen for recreational boat traffic at noon today.
The rivers closed after heavy rain and flooding swelled local waterways to unsafe levels.
Several parishes around the state delcared disasters after the flooding damaged bridges,... 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 16, 2013 10:49 AM
UPDATE: I-10 West is closed at LA-415 while crews remove
HENDERSON - Authorities closed I-10 West at La-415 while crews remove a tractor trailer that caught fire on the Atchafalaya Basin.
The fires sparked inside the 18-wheeler's cab.
The fire shut down one lane of the interstate... 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 8:06 PM
WALKER- All lanes of I-12 are open after the interstate was closed because of a crash Tuesday evening.
Two vehicles wrecked, one flipped. Police reported two people were injured and were transported to the hospital.
For much of the evening, traffic was diverted off I-12 at Juban Road,... more »
January 14, 2013 11:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- A popular route between the Capital City and Ascension Parish is expected to be closed for Tuesday's morning rush, and could be closed longer.
Traffic engineers closed Old Perkins (Hwy. 427) at Bayou Manchac because of high water.
It won't be reopened until the water goes... more »
January 11, 2013 10:46 AM
WALKER - Authorities in Livingston Parish responded to two traffic incidents this morning after heavy rains there.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported a vehicle flipped in some water on I-12 West between Satsuma and Walker. Police and EMS were responding to the wreck as of 10:30 a.m.
... more »
January 8, 2013 10:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - A traffic stop in Baton Rouge turned into something else entirely early this morning.
Sources tell News 2 a Baton Rouge Police officer stopped a vehicle, and was then dragged some distance by that vehicle near the 16000 block of Florida Avenue.
Baton Rouge Police... more »
January 6, 2013 11:16 AM
UPDATE: All westbound lanes crossing the river are open. Eastbound lanes will be intermittingly closed to remove vehicles involved in crash.
BATON ROUGE - A crash this morning closed all lanes of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge into East Baton Rouge Parish.
The multi-vehicle crash involves an 18-wheeler... more »
January 3, 2013 10:35 AM
PORT ALLEN - Traffic officials closed one lane of the Intracoastal Bridge in Port Allen this morning for emergency repairs.
Traffic engineers with DOTD said they closed the northbound right lane of La. 1 starting at 10 a.m. for emergency work repairing a bridge joint.
The lane closure... more »
December 27, 2012 2:33 PM
ST. LOUIS- The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open... more »
December 24, 2012 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two lanes of I-10 East were closed after a car overturned coming off the Mississippi River Bridge Monday evening.
No one was injured.
Lanes were re-opened about an hour after the crash. There was a small traffic jam over the river into West Baton Rouge.
December 22, 2012 12:48 PM
LAFAYETTE - Louisiana State Police say a Carencro man has been booked with driving while intoxicated following a traffic accident that killed a news anchor for a Texas television station. Forty-eight-year-old William Leger, of Beaumont died early Saturday after the 2012 Jeep he was driving ran off Louisiana Highway 93... more »
December 19, 2012 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Wholesale chain Costco filed an application with East Baton Rouge Parish to build a warehouse store at the old Coca Cola Bottling Plant near I-12.
Costco said if approved, they intended to build a more than 144,000 square foot store and gas station at the site,... more »
December 14, 2012 6:32 PM
ST. LOUIS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River. The corps says it has hired Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa, and Kokosing Construction Co. of... more »
December 12, 2012 8:41 PM
WALKER- A 29-year-old woman was killed when she drove her car into the path of a freight train Wednesday afternoon. Walker Police said Laraye London-Phillips died after she was airlifted to an area hospital. London-Phillips was from Denham Springs.
London-Phillips was hit as she turned from Florida Boulevard onto... more »
December 12, 2012 5:15 PM
WALKER - Authorities in Livingston Parish say a train collided with another vehicle this afternoon in Walker.
Walker Police said it happened at at Sunland Drive and Florida Blvd. A department spokesperson said there were injuries, but couldn't say how many people were hurt or how badly.
Police... more »
December 12, 2012 4:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - A four-car wreck caused traffic problems in Baton Rouge this afternoon along I-10.
State Police said the wreck happened just before the I-10 East exit onto Highland, blocking the right lane. Traffic quickly backed up to the Siegen exit.
Troopers closed the interstate for a... 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 7, 2012 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Police released the name of the driver, killed in a crash on I-10 Friday.
David Hammer, 64, died when a loose trailer careened across the Interstate and into his lane. Hammer slammed head-on into the trailer.
The crash happened just West of the East Baton... more »
December 7, 2012 6:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials reopened I-10 in both directions just before 7 p.m., after a fatal wreck earlier today closed it for several hours.
It happened at mile marker 169 between the Highland Road exit and La. 73 at Prairieville. One person died after a trailer came loose... more »
December 7, 2012 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police said a serious wreck closed I-10 in both directions near the parish line between East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.
State Police tell News 2 one person died in a head-on collision at mile marker 169 between Highland Road and La. 73 at Prairieville.... more »
December 7, 2012 3:18 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Police in Denham Springs said today they would make every effort to help voters access a polling location for Saturday's runoff election, even though it would be blocked for a time by the city Christmas parade.
Denham Springs' parade rolls from the city high school to... more »
December 7, 2012 9:01 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says he will bring to the Parish Council next week plans on how to fund traffic projects in unincorporated parts of the parish.
The move comes following the overwhelming defeat of a proposed sales tax last month aimed at funding such projects.... more »
December 4, 2012 9:45 PM
WALKER- State Police said Tuesday evening there were no reports of any serious injuries when school buses collided after classes ended for the day.
As many as three buses were involved in the crash on Walker Road South. There were students on board at least two of the buses.... more »
December 4, 2012 4:00 PM
WALKER- A wreck involving school buses caused delays on the ride home Tuesday.
Highway 447 (Walker South Rd) is blocked. The crash is just south of the overpass, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
According to witnesses, multiple school buses crashed into each other. One... more »
December 4, 2012 10:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials have allowed up to 300,000 cars and trucks to use a troubled toll bridge in far south Louisiana without operators paying. That's according to a report issued on Monday. In addition, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in an 18-page review that state officials failed... more »
November 30, 2012 5:27 PM
CENTRAL - Governor Jindal and representatives from Livingston Parish cut ribbon officially opening the Magnolia Bridge yesterday.
Central officials said they weren't invited to the ceremony, and are upset because of their involvement with the project.
"All the discussion was about how it improves traffic for Livingston Parish,"... more »
November 29, 2012 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON - A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy did tell him and senators from Iowa and... more »