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Mardi Gras and Weekend Traffic Notes for Louisiana

New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
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[For New Orleans area parade times and routes, click here. For Acadiana, click here.]

If you’re headed out this weekend thru Mardi Gras for the parades here’s the scoop on construction, lane closures and other traffic notes:

Since the Super Bowl, all lane closures on major roadways and interstates, including I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610, in the vicinity of the French Quarter and transportation hubs, have been suspended until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, in anticipation of heavy traffic.

The Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans will continue with its normal night closures on Friday evening, February 8, until Saturday morning, February 9.  These closures are from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on the westbank-bound direction and 1:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. on the eastbank-bound direction.

In the Slidell area, all lanes of I-10 and I-12 will remain open to traffic.

In St. Tammany Parish, I-59 from the I-10/I-12/I-59 interchange in Slidell north to the Mississippi State line will continue to have intermittent lane closures; however, one lane will remain open at all times in each direction.

In the Hammond area, all lanes of I-12 and I-55 will remain open to traffic.

In Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes, there are no planned lane closures on I-12.

In Baton Rouge, lane closures will continue for the Geaux Wider projects on I-10 between the I-10/I-12 split and Highland Road.  Drivers should note that one lane will remain open in each direction at all times and should pay attention to the reduced speed limits within the construction zone. Drivers are encouraged to visit www.GeauxWider.com for the latest closure information.

In addition to lane closures on I-10, several nightly ramp closures associated with the widening work are scheduled to occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the Mardi Gras holidays. Eastbound ramp closures include the Siegen Lane exit, Mall of Louisiana entrance and exit and Bluebonnet Boulevard exit.  Westbound ramp closures include the Essen Lane entrance and exit and the Highland Road entrance and exit.

Also, in East Baton Rouge Parish, U.S. 190 (Florida Boulevard) will have one lane closed in each direction from Foster Boulevard to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) from 8 p.m. to 6 am. on Friday, February 8, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10, and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 12.

In Ascension Parish, drivers may experience single lane closures on La. 73 from I-10 to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway); however, one lane will remain open at all times.

 

In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.

In Lafayette Parish, St. Mary Street in Scott will remain closed for construction of a roundabout at its intersection with La. 93 (Apollo Road).

In St. Martin Parish, La. 686 will remain closed for a bridge replacement between Arnaudville and Cecilia.

In Acadia Parish, La. 1120 from La. 100 to La. 98 will close one lane and maintain traffic on the other during the Mardi Gras holidays.

In the Lake Charles area, all lanes of I-10 and I-210 will remain open to traffic.

Be safe and “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!”

 

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