March 7, 2014 5:52 PM
GALVEZ- A stretch of LA 42 deemed dangerous by residents, won't get a traffic signal installed by the state because DOTD says the traffic count doesn't meet the standards needed for a signal.
Sheri Thompson, 56, was killed during a head on collision Thursday morning on LA 42 near... more »
March 4, 2014 7:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras across south Louisiana is turning out to be a cold weather event as freezing temperatures caused problems for drivers Tuesday morning.
More than a dozen accidents were reported in East Baton Rouge Parish because of icy conditions. Interstates were shut down around Lafayette and... more »
March 1, 2014 12:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras activities in Downtown Baton Rouge are causing traffic problems.
Roads are either closed or backed up due to the Spanishtown parade rolling Satuday afternoon.
Here is a list of traffic issues, we will keep this list updated throughout the day:
Congestion on... more »
February 27, 2014 8:06 PM
SATSUMA- The state's new incident response plan for busy highways was put into action again Thursday night.
I-12 closed in the middle of Livingston Parish as crews worked to clear a crash that happened during rush hour. An 18-wheeler was on its side but the highway didn't fully close... more »
February 27, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Businesses on O'Neal Lane celebrated the end of a four-year construction project.
Work on O'Neal Lane has kept customers out of the area's businesses for years, forcing some companies to close their doors. The project was supposed to wrap up almost two years ago. Organizers with... more »
February 24, 2014 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- Truckers hauling hazardous materials are ignoring a law that is meant to keep people safe in an emergency.
Bluebonnet, between Burbank and Nicholson, was designated a route free of hazardous materials fourteen years ago. But, WBRZ News 2 cameras caught truckers, hauling hazardous materials, disobeying the designation.... more »
February 19, 2014 10:10 PM
HOLDEN- An accident early Wednesday involving three 18-wheelers shut down portions of I-12 throughout the day, but a new program got the road cleared quicker than usual, giving drivers at least one rush hour that was better than the last.
The Traffic Incident Management System, a program recently started... more »
February 19, 2014 7:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- The evening highways looked more like the afternoon rush; clogged and mostly lit from the red glow of brake lights since I-10 and I-12 both closed for a part of Wednesday night.
All eastbound lanes closed just before eight on I-10 before the I-10/110 Split in downtown.... more »
February 19, 2014 6:51 AM
HOLDEN - I-12 East at the Holden exit will remain closed until noon Wednesday.
Traffic is being diverted as crews continue to clear wreckage from an accident involving an 18-wheeler that happened just before Albany Tuesday night.
We will update you right here as soon as the interstate... more »
February 11, 2014 3:41 PM
SHREVEPORT - State traffic officials closed two sections of interstates in northwest Louisiana Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of wintry weather.
DOTD closed portions of I-49 in Caddo Parish, and I-220 in Caddo and Bossier parishes. They said this would let them focus their available resources on priority routes with... more »
February 6, 2014 4:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic on I-10 through East Baton Rouge Parish was stopped for hours after wrecks on both sides of the interstate during Thursday's evening rush.
A fiery crash closed I-10 eastbound at Highland Road near Prairieville. Traffic was stopped as far as Bluebonnet. The road reopened at... more »
February 4, 2014 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Heavy downpours moving through East Baton Rouge Parish are affecting some people's drive home, and knocked out power to thousands.
The Department of Transportation and Development said at 5:40 p.m. that high water was blocking the right and center lanes of I-110 South at Capitol Access.... more »
January 31, 2014 11:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- There will be lane closures on the I-10 Mississippi bridge this weekend so crews can fix damages left from the winter storm earlier this week.
Raised pavement markers will be replaced Saturday and Sunday. Work is estimated to take place in both directions from 11 a.m. until... more »
January 29, 2014 5:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials said they plan to reopen I-12 from East Baton Rouge Parish to Tangipahoa Parish later Wednesday evening.
The Department of Transportation and Development said crews are working to reopen I-12 East by 5 p.m., and I-12 West by 6 p.m.
DOTD noted... more »
January 28, 2014 11:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- Ice is expected to linger on highways overnight and into Wednesday, making driving dangerous.
But, the state will continue to fight the ice overnight Tuesday with crews targeting priority routes. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Development said workers are covering shifts for 24-hours. Trucks... more »
January 22, 2014 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- A car smashed into the side of a bar near downtown Baton Rouge just as the evening rush was ending Wednesday.
The wreck closed streets around the I-10/St. Ferdinand on ramp.
Multiple police cruisers, a fire truck, and an ambulance were on scene.
There were... more »
January 19, 2014 10:46 AM
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey Democrat leading the investigation into traffic jams orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides says his committee will look into a new allegation of political retribution by the Republican administration. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (wiz-NOO'-skee) says Hoboken Mayor... more »
January 17, 2014 8:54 PM
LIVINGSTON- Westbound lanes of I-12 are closed through most of Livingston Parish as crews work to remove an 18-wheeler from the trees along the interstate.
The truck wrecked earlier in the day and wrecker service workers are having to pull the truck from the woods.
A traffic jam... more »
December 27, 2013 8:07 PM
GONZALES - A proposed facility at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center could create traffic tie-ups on La. 30.
Leaders in Ascension Parish want to avoid the congestion, and they are looking at ways to alleviate traffic congestion.
Proposed plans include replacing traffic signals with roundabouts, widening St. Landry Road,... 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 13, 2013 9:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- An emergency worker was hit by a car and taken to the hospital Friday evening.
The EMS employee was hit on Greenwell Street near Landis as they were assisting an ambulance backing up. A passing car hit the worker.
The person hit was not identified and... 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 »
December 3, 2013 10:53 PM
WALKER- An unidentified woman was killed walking along Highway 447 near Arnold Road Tuesday evening.
State Police said the woman was wearing dark clothing, stepped into traffic, and was hit by a large SUV driven by a 61-year-old woman. Investigators said the driver was unable to avoid hitting the... more »
November 25, 2013 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police were watching busy roads closely for drivers who were not following traffic laws Monday.
Just more than 100 people were ticketed for not wearing seat belts in three separate checkpoints: one on Dalrymple, another on LSU Avenue near Highland Road, and a third on Sherwood Forest... more »
November 25, 2013 12:58 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bluebonnet between I-10 and Jefferson Highway fully reopened after a lunchtime shutdown Monday.
Emergency crews were dealing with a natural gas leak.
Lanes between Oliphant and Gail were re-routed due to the leak.
Traffic was impacted by this closure for less than an hour.
... more »
November 22, 2013 10:30 PM
WALKER- Police responded to what is described as a minor train collision Friday night.
Police said an 18-wheeler, loaded with pipes, did not clear the railroad crossing before a train collided into the load. The truck driver apparently did not know his trailer was struck, and kept driving.
... more »
November 18, 2013 11:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four intersections are being regulated by new signals to regulate traffic flow.
The new lights on Jefferson Highway are synchronized and can be adjusted by the time of day and amount of traffic. Another new feature allows the lights to change from green to red to allow... more »
November 18, 2013 11:28 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said an 18-wheeler overturned while trying to get onto I-10 in Ascension Parish Monday morning.
Troopers said the big rig turned over at the I-10 West entrance ramp on LA 73 just after 11 a.m.
State Police warned drivers in that area to find... more »
November 12, 2013 11:58 PM
PONCHATOULA- At least one lawmaker dreams of having six lanes of traffic bustling down I-12 through Tangipahoa Parish.
State Senator Dale Erdy said he would like to see a wide interstate from Baton Rouge to the Mississippi state line. Much of the highway system is already six lanes, but... more »
November 11, 2013 8:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer.
The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
November 6, 2013 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thursday evening, crews will begin to change the lane format of Burbank Drive near LSU.
The state is adding a middle turn lane, brining the total lanes on the roadway to five from Nicholson to the median closer to Lee. Work is expected to only take a... more »
November 1, 2013 9:08 AM
BATON ROUGE - Work begins next week on a heavily-traveled roadway near LSU.
Burbank Dr. will be widened from four to five lanes starting next Thursday night.
Crews will re-stripe the road, between Nicholson Dr. and the Burbank Commons Apartments, to add a new center lane. New left-turn... more »
October 28, 2013 8:50 PM
ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load.
Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak.
Chief James... more »
October 25, 2013 11:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police at Southern University urge fans to arrive three to four hours early for their homecoming matchup between the Jaguars and the Alcorn State Braves at 5:30 p.m.
Campus officials expect the game to attract more than 20,000 people, with thousands more who will just be... more »
October 23, 2013 12:03 AM
BATON ROUGE- Nearly 36,000 red light violations were issued in 2012, data obtained by WBRZ News 2 shows.
The College Drive lights around I-10 are at the top of the list. Some 6,000 were snapped and issued to drivers who disobeyed red lights.
Following College, Sherwood Forest at... more »
October 22, 2013 8:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works believes there is a low-cost way to help relieve traffic congestion at one of Baton Rouge's busiest intersections.
"I try to avoid College Drive at all costs just because it's so bad," said one driver.
College Drive and I-10 is an... more »
October 18, 2013 6:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says an eastern New Orleans entrance ramp to westbound Interstate 10 is closed for repairs. Spokeswoman Bambi Hall says in a news release that support girders for an underpass were damaged by an excavator on a truck traveling on eastbound... more »
October 17, 2013 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies say Eric Jones, 25, didn't stop when they tried to pull him over Thursday for running a stop light, starting a chase that lasted nearly an hour.
Jones took deputies on various speeds; from as slow as ten to twenty up to 80 mph on... more »
October 17, 2013 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase on and off of I-110 in Baton Rouge Thursday evening.
It ended at Adams and Pocahontas with the suspect being surrounded and taken into custody.
The suspect has been using surface streets and the interstate to... more »
October 14, 2013 7:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Drivers can expect some delays along a busy roadway south of LSU this week.
Intermittent lane closures will be in effect on Burbank Drive, between Staring Lane and Lee Drive while crews make sewer repairs.
The closures begin this morning at 9 a.m. and will... more »
October 9, 2013 5:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - The future of Baton Rouge red light cameras will be voted on today at the Metro Council meeting.
The current contract with American Traffic Solutions ends Jan. 1, 2014. The city-parish is asking that Metro Council members vote in favor of renewing the contract for 5... more »
October 8, 2013 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Outdated traffic lights are being replaced to help the flow of traffic in Baton Rouge.
The new light systems along Jefferson Hwy. will be synchronized and can switch to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Other areas will allow extra time for pedestrians and bikers.
It's... more »
September 30, 2013 9:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Perkins Road could be the next big road project here, and residents will get a chance to talk about it this week.
There is a meeting to discuss potential routes on Wednesday at St. George School from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The project would be... more »
September 27, 2013 11:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new report found an expanded interstate system has lessened the time drivers spend in traffic.
A group of highways who meet regularly to discuss issues with the state's highway system said Friday, issues are being dealt with to the benefit of drivers.
Wrecks are also... more »
September 25, 2013 6:10 PM
ZACHARY- The city of Zachary is on the move, but as the city grows it's having to deal with issues from neglected infrastructure.
A plan is in the works to ease traffic by creating a bypass connecting Main Street, which is Hwy 64, to Highway 19 at McHugh Road.... more »
September 23, 2013 9:28 PM
ZACHARY- A man responding to a fire call was injured in a crash that closed one of the city's busier streets Monday night.
Three others were hurt when a pick-up and a sedan collided.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies investigating the crash said the man was responding... more »
September 20, 2013 11:13 PM
PONCHATOULA- A new traffic trend is catching on in Tangipahoa Parish.
ActionNews17.com reports traffic circles are about a year away for busy intersections. The roundabouts will be built at Highway 22 and Dunson Road near the high school. Some are planned for Hammond, too, along I-12 exits.
There... more »
September 17, 2013 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Police used the same platform to dispel rumors that has been used to fuel them about a new way to ticket speeding motorists.
Troopers call a picture circulating the Internet showing a speed camera disguised inside a guardrail the "latest and greatest urban legend." The picture... more »
September 17, 2013 8:58 PM
RAMAH- The interstate is closed to traffic heading from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in Iberville Parish because of a vehicle fire.
> UPDATE at 9:37 : The left lane has opened on I-10 West but the right lane remains blocked. Congestion has reached approx 4 miles.
State Police... more »
September 13, 2013 11:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A busy parking lot, known for towing people who park and do not shop at stores surrounding the lot, is warning people about the rules in an innovative way.
The Northgate merchants have hired what they call parking friends to watch the lot.
"We are trying... more »
September 11, 2013 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- Road construction on Staring Lane will continue longer since the contractor was approved for additional time and money.
The street is being widened to four lanes. Work has been happening along a stretch between Highland Road and Perkins Road for about two years. It was expected to... more »
September 7, 2013 1:06 PM
SHREVEPORT - Two Shreveport police officers are suing the city and the police chief, saying the police department sets quotas to measure how many traffic stops and arrests its officers are making. The suit, which represents only one side of a legal argument, also says officers who make their quota... more »
September 6, 2013 5:34 PM
NEW YORK CITY - A 30-year-old Canadian national faces serious traffic charges in the Big Apple after he posted a video on YouTube, where he sped around the city in about 24 minutes.
WNBC TV reported Christopher Adam Tang claimed he never went over 100 mph and ran only... more »
September 5, 2013 10:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- The hard to miss, blue, double-decker buses of Megabus.com will be adding this city to its stop next week.
The bus will depart from downtown and provide service to Houston and New Orleans.
"Because of increased demand in the South, we're excited to announce express service... more »
September 3, 2013 11:07 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Police released the highlights of a weekend crackdown on drivers who were not obeying the law.
"Operation Safe Corridor" was a Labor Day holiday blitz on I-10. Eight states were part of the initiative: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
In... more »
August 28, 2013 11:03 PM
DALLAS- LSU fans planning to attend Saturday's season opener at AT&T Stadium will need to reference the new bag policy for NFL stadiums.
LSU alumni in Texas alerted members to the policy ahead of the game.
Bags allowed: -Made of clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not... more »
August 28, 2013 11:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a list of items Wednesday, including accepting grants for crime fighting and setting up an online driving school for the parish.
CyberActive was hired to handle courses. It was selected over a company from the Baton Rouge area, which was more expensive. The program... more »
August 19, 2013 9:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - Crews are on the scene of a crash involving an overturned vehicle along I-10 West near the Pecue Lane overpass.
Police said a pickup rolled over on the interstate before hitting another vehicle. They said the pickup's driver was seriously injured in the wreck.
Authorities... more »
August 18, 2013 5:23 PM
WATSON - A proposed bridge would connect the Central and Watson communities if everything goes according to plans.
The 5.5 mile bridge would cross the Amite River three miles north of the Magnolia Road Bridge giving motorists another way to get across the river.
"It's booming out here... more »
August 17, 2013 1:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 57-year-old woman died from injuries sustained after she was hit by a pizza delivery driver Friday night on Tiger Bend Road.
Sheriff's deputies identified the woman as Pamela Walton and said the investigation continues. Deputies added the driver who hit Walton was cooperating.
Investigators said... more »
August 17, 2013 1:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- State transportation monitors said traffic congestion has cleared, after protesters put on a show and slowed traffic on I-10.
Protesters were holding signs over the Nairn Street bridge, between Perkins Road and Bawell Street. Drivers reported the signs read "Impeach Obama/Benghazi."
There were traffic alerts, warning... more »
August 16, 2013 10:38 PM
BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies are investigating a crash where a woman was severely injured when she was hit by a vehicle.
Investigators said the woman was standing along Tigerbend when she was hit. The crash happened about 8:20 Friday night.
Part of the roadway was closed.
The... more »
August 16, 2013 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Students at LSU can expect some changes on campus when classes begin.
Crews are currently installing new crosswalks and landscaping on Dalrymple Drive that's expected to ease traffic and make it safer for pedestrians.
"We're taking the straightaways out, we're putting in angle parking and... more »
August 16, 2013 10:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - A number of roads and lanes on LSU's campus are still torn up for projects, with just a few weeks to go before classes begin.
The work has ripped up crosswalks on Dalrymple and other parts of the central campus, narrowing lanes and leaving construction crews... more »
August 10, 2013 6:46 PM
HENDERSON - The right lane is blocked on I-10 East at mile post 124 on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.
There are three separate car accidents. State troopers say there no injuries. The left lane is open to traffic.
The queue from this incident has reached four miles. The... 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 8, 2013 8:41 AM
METAIRIE - The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is predicting a slight decrease in toll revenue for the fiscal year beginning Nov. 1.
That's according to a $21.7 million budget approved Wednesday by the bridge commission.
Tolls are projected to bring in $15.9 million during the next fiscal year, a... more »
August 7, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two major road projects could be over in the next few weeks.
Lee Drive and Stanford Avenue are under construction. Lee has been closed twice to traffic entirely. Stanford, the listed detour when Lee is closed, has not been paved since crews removed the asphalt weeks ago.... more »
August 7, 2013 1:49 PM
ALBANY - An overturned camper on I-12 in Livingston Parish slowed traffic Wednesday afternoon.
The Department of Transportation and Development said it happened near the exit onto LA 43 near Albany, and blocked one lane of traffic westbound.
Traffic on the interstate was backed up nearly to I-55.... 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 »
August 3, 2013 11:27 AM
GRAMERCY, La. - I-10 East near Gramercy is now completely open after an accident closed the Interstate down earlier Saturday.
August 1, 2013 12:48 PM
HENDERSON - State Police seized nearly 50 pounds of marijuana and arrested a Texas man during a traffic stop this morning on I-10.
Troopers stopped 35-year-old Myvar Abdullah's car at the Henderson and Cecilia exit around 2:45 a.m.
They brought in a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office K-9... more »
July 25, 2013 10:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials plan to close a portion of busy Lee Drive again tonight for sewer work.
The closure stretches from Blue Bell Drive to Bennett Drive starting at 7 p.m. tonight. It's expected to reopen Monday at 7 p.m.
Drivers are asked to detour along... more »
July 24, 2013 9:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lanes were closed on I-12 after a car overturned late Wednesday.
The blockage was in the eastbound left and center lanes near the I-10/I-12 junction. A DOTD traffic camera showed multiple emergency response vehicles on the scene.
The wreck caused a traffic jam that extended to... more »
July 23, 2013 11:44 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A break in a 16-inch water main flooded streets in a section of New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood, prompting the rerouting of traffic around areas where water covered the bumpers of some parked cars. The break occurred early Tuesday. Residents of surrounding areas awoke to low water pressure.... more »
July 23, 2013 8:04 AM
GONZALES - After more than a year of studies, a plan for roundabouts on La. 30 near Interstate 10 could be coming public soon. Gonzales City Engineer Jackie Baumann says she and other local officials have worked with the state Department of Transportation and Development for months, exploring the best... more »