From the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's official press release:

DOTD and CRT announces temporary closure of I-10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) along with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism announced today that the I-10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center is closed, effective immediately, after a recent power outage left the facility inoperable.

The public will be able to access the parking areas during the closure, but will not be able to access the welcome center and restrooms as crews work to restore water service to the building.

Message boards have been activated along I-10 to notify drivers of the closure.

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 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures.  Through this work, the department is 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, email, or call DOTD’s Custom 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  Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).