Louisiana interstates open for holiday travel

Staff reports

All interstate highways will be open fully for travel during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends, but construction could mean a few delays on other roads, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).

Southeast Louisiana 

In East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, all lanes of I-10 and I-12 will remain open, but there will be reduced speed limit within the construction zones of both interstates.

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.

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.

Southwest Louisiana 

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.

Central Louisiana

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.

Northeast Louisiana 

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.

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. 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) 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.

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.