Louisiana Road Projects Holiday Schedule
If you’re planning a road trip over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, here’s a heads up on what to expect along Louisiana Roadways.
Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is performing levee work on River Road (La. 327). As a result, River Road is closed between Ben Hur Road and Trinity Lane. The detour is Skip Bertman Drive, along Nicholson Drive (La. 30) to Gardere Lane. Access will still be allowed to nearby Brec Farr Park Equestrian Center from River Road.
Drivers should note the reduced speed limit within the construction zones on I-10 and I-12.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, U.S. 190 will remain closed to one lane in each direction in the town of Livonia between junction of La. 77 and La. 411.
In Vermilion Parish, U.S. 167 will be reduced to one lane in each direction on December 23 during daytime hours, weather permitting. La. 339 and La. 335 will also be reduced to one lane on December 23 during daytime hours, weather permitting.
In Vernon Parish at the Bayou Zourie Bridge in Pickering, the northbound travel lanes on U.S. 171 will be closed. Both northbound and southbound traffic will utilize the southbound lanes.
In Lincoln Parish, U.S. 167 in Ruston will have one southbound lane closed from Florida Street to Georgia Avenue and one northbound lane closed from Alabama Street to Georgia Avenue.
Oversize/overweight vehicle movement
All oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited Friday, December 23 through Sunday, December 25 and on Friday, December 30 through Sunday, January 1.
LA Swift Bus Service
LA Swift, the bus service that provides coach bus rides between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, will not operate on Sunday, December 25, and will operate its normal weekend schedule on Sunday, January 1.
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 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The bus service makes stops in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Sorrento, LaPlace, Kenner and New Orleans.
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.
Traffic cameras for the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Hammond/Northshore, Houma, Lake Charles, Monroe/West Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding areas also may be viewed from the 511 site.
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) with questions. The center’s business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, Friday, December 30, and Monday, January 2.
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.