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Crews still working to clear nails from I-10 in New Orleans

6 years 6 days 20 hours ago Wednesday, September 27 2017 Sep 27, 2017 September 27, 2017 1:33 PM September 27, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced emergency intermittent closures at the eastbound Interstate 10/610 interchange are ongoing as crews continue to remove nails that were spilled on the roadway Tuesday afternoon.

According to WWL, a truck was carrying thousands of nails on the interstate Tuesday when it inadvertently spilled buckets of them onto the interstate. 

DOTD was able to remove much of the debris out of the road ahead of the afternoon rush hour. But crews returned Wednesday morning to begin the tedious process of picking up the nails as it was unable to start the task after rush hour and under nighttime conditions.

Traffic headed toward New Orleans from Metairie was backed up for several miles Tuesday as the three lanes of traffic headed toward I-610 were being forced to merge with the three lanes of traffic on I-10.

Clean up crews were trying to sweep the nails off to the side, but rain was adding to the problems, making it hard to sweep them to the side.

A State Police spokesperson told WWL the driver responsible was charged with having an unsecured load.

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