DOTD gets $60 million dollars, looking at completing several projects
Posted on 10/11/2017 6:44:00 PM.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation has received an additional 60-million-dollars from the federal government for highway projects. Each year, the Federal Highway Administration allocates road repair funds not used by other states or national programs. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says the money will be used to fix several bridges.
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Construction nearly complete on I-20 in Webster Parish
Posted on 9/22/2017 4:42:00 AM.
By Jeff Palermo
The state department of transportation is hopeful the major overlay project on I-20 in Webster Parish will wrap around the Thanksgiving weekend, which would be ahead of schedule. DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says the westbound lanes are complete and contractors are working in the eastbound lanes. 
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DOTD raising awareness about construction zone safety
Posted on 9/8/2017 2:04:00 PM.

The state department of transportation is raising awareness about construction zone safety. DOTD reports a shocking uptick in accidents along I-10 in Acadiana, where crews are working to widen the interstate in each direction. Deidra Druilhet with DOTD says work zones come with different driving conditions.
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DOTD breaks ground on project to widen Arkansas Rd. in West Monroe
Posted on 9/7/2017 12:55:00 PM.

The state Department of Transportation has started a major project on Arkansas Road in Ouachita Parish. DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson says with a big boom in residents in West Monroe, there is a serious need for a wider road. He says this construction will increase the traffic capacity in the area.
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DOTD redesigns interstate barriers amid flood complaints
Posted on 8/18/2017 10:47:00 AM.

Amid claims a concrete barrier on I-12 worsened flooding last year, the state department of transportation will redesign the walls on new construction projects. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says two inch tall openings stretching 12 to 24 inches wide will be put in the walls every so many feet.
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Cable barrier installation to begin this week in Caddo, Desoto parishes
Posted on 8/15/2017 2:46:00 AM.

Cable barrier installation is set to begin this week in Caddo and Desoto Parishes along I-49, according to the state department of transportation. Erin Buchanan with DOTD says this is one of the larger cable barrier projects in the district with a total 41 miles to be installed. Most of that will be in Desoto Parish.
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DOTD hosts public meeting discussing replacing the Calcasieu River Bridge
Posted on 8/3/2017 11:27:00 AM.

The state Department of Transportation will host a public meeting tonight at the Lake Charles Civic Center to discuss replacing the Calcasieu River Bridge. Deidra Druilhet with DOTD says the purpose of the open-forum is to give the community a chance to see the future plans and receive feedback.
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DOTD looking at expanding I-12 between Mandeville and Covington
Posted on 8/3/2017 3:39:00 AM.

The state Department of Transportation is discussing the possibility of widening Interstate 12 in the western part of St. Tammany Parish between Mandeville and Covington. Jennifer Branton with DOTD says there are two proposals in the works to add one lane to the east and westbound lanes.
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I-10 eastbound near Sorrento will be closed for the weekend
Posted on 7/7/2017 10:59:00 AM.

Interstate 10 East between Sorrento and Gramercy will be closed again this weekend to repair the on ramp bridge connecting U.S. 61 and I-10. The closure begins at 9 p.m. tonight and is set to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday. Rodney Mallett with the state Department of Transportation advises motorists to be prepared to have an alternate route if traveling to New Orleans.
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DOTD mourns the loss of worker killed while fixing potholes
Posted on 7/4/2017 4:42:00 AM.
The state department of transportation is mourning the loss of one its employees who was killed while fixing potholes near New Iberia. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says 63-year-old Paul Featherston was standing behind a dump truck when he was struck by an elderly driver.
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