DOTD Issues Memorial Day Travel Advisory

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 3:50pm

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) recently advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana for the Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31). DOTD Interim Secretary Sherri LeBas urges drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday weekend, especially at railroad crossings. Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.

Southeast Louisiana

In the New Orleans area, all lanes of I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 will remain open during the holiday. In the Slidell area, all lanes of I-10, I-12 and I-59 will remain open. In the Hammond area, all lanes of I-12 and I-55 will remain open. In East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, all lanes of I-10 and I-12 will remain open. Drivers should note that the speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph within the construction zones on I-10 and I-12.

Southwest Louisiana

In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic. In the Lake Charles area, all lanes of I-10 will remain open to traffic. I-210 will remain reduced to one lane in both directions from the I-210 bridge to Lake Street.

Central Louisiana

In the Alexandria area, all lanes of I-49 will remain open to traffic. In Natchitoches Parish, La. 6 at the Grand Ecore Bridge will be reduced to one lane. Temporary traffic lights are in place to control the flow of traffic. Drivers may experience minor delays because of construction activity in this area.

Northeast Louisiana

In the Monroe area, all lanes of I-20 remain open to traffic. In Catahoula and Concordia parishes, construction will continue on U.S. 84 in the Jonesville area. Drivers may experience minor delays because of construction activity in this area.

Northwest Louisiana

In the Shreveport-Bossier City area, all lanes of I-20 and I-49 will remain open. In Caddo Parish, I-220 will remain reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between La. 173 (exit 5) and U.S. 71 (exit 7). Westbound traffic on I-220 is being detoured to the eastbound roadway between La. 173 and U.S. 71. In Claiborne Parish, La. 518 is closed between U.S. 79 and Athens and La. 146 is closed in Homer. In Bienville Parish, La. 4/La. 155 is closed west of Friendship. Motorists are advised to follow the designated detour routes.

Oversize/overweight vehicle movement

DOTD Interim Secretary Sherri LeBas announced today that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. LeBas said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety’s Office of State Police to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during this holiday. In addition, the eastbound and westbound spans of the I-10 "twin-span" bridge between Slidell and New Orleans is open to up to 12-foot-wide permit loads until further notice. The department’s Weights and Standards and Truck Permit Office will be closed on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Please call 1-800-654-1433 for information on permits.

LA Swift Bus Service

LA Swift, the bus service that provides coach bus rides between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, will operate on its weekend schedule on Monday, May 31. Schedules and further details are available at www.laswift.com and through LA Swift’s Customer Service Center at (877)-94-SWIFT (1-877-947-9438). The center’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The bus service makes stops in Baton Rouge, Sorrento and LaPlace in addition to express service between the CATS Florida Street terminal and the Elk Place stop in New Orleans.

Further information

More detailed information on the status of DOTD construction projects and road closures may be obtained via the Traveler Information link from DOTD’s Web site, www.dotd.la.gov. Traffic cameras for the Lake Charles, Shreveport/Bossier City, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Walker, Lafayette, Houma, LaPlace, New Orleans, Hammond and Northshore areas also may be viewed from the 511 site. Travelers can access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511 from their telephone. The voice-activated 511 Traveler Information System is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System Web site at www.511la.org. DOTD’s Customer Service Center representatives can answer questions about road closures not listed above or any other DOTD-related questions. Please call (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center’s normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Monday, May 31. Finally, drivers are encouraged to tune in to local radio stations for current traffic and incident information prior to traveling. Drivers who notice road hazards, such as potholes or debris in the road, are urged to call DOTD’s statewide, toll-free Highway Safety Hot Line at 1-800-259-HWAY (4929). The automated system operates 24 hours a day and routes callers to the appropriate field office to report hazardous conditions.