BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge will be closed to traffic from 1 a.m.- 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2010, to allow crews to hang overhead sign trusses as part of an ongoing sign replacement project. The closure includes the eastbound and westbound lanes of the bridge. The total closure is needed to give workers enough room to safely install the overhead sign trusses that span across all lanes of the bridge.
· I-10 westbound traffic will be detoured to I-110 North to U.S. 190 West to La. 1 South to I-10 West. I-10 eastbound traffic will be detoured to La. 1 North to U.S. 190 East to I-110 South to I-10 East.
· An alternative detour route for I-10 westbound will be I-10 West to I-110 North to U.S. 190 West to La. 415 South to I-10 West.
· An alternative detour route for I-10 eastbound will be I-10 East to La. 415 North to U.S. 190 East to I-110 South to I-10 East.
Additionally, permanent lane adjustments to the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge will go into effect immediately following the closure, on Sunday at 8 a.m. At that time, all I-10 westbound traffic crossing the Mississippi River Bridge exiting to Port Allen and Plaquemine will use the outer lane prior to exiting. Traffic in the westbound center lane will no longer be able to exit, as this lane will serve only westbound through traffic.
The lane adjustments are being implemented as part of the ongoing I-10 Mississippi Bridge signing and striping project, and will help to improve traffic flow on the bridge.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site. Be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.
For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email email@example.com, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).