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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Louisiana ranks 9th for structurally deficient rural bridges
Posted on 6/30/2017 2:51:00 AM.

Louisiana ranks ninth in the country for structurally deficient rural bridges, according to the transportation research group TRIP. Their report, which used state data, found 15 percent of rural bridges in Louisiana need to be repaired or replaced.
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DOTD closes roads due to high water
Posted on 6/22/2017 12:14:00 PM.

State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson advises residents to take caution while driving today. He says 18 corridors across the southern half of the state have road closures on them because of high water. Wilson says drivers should never cross flooded roadways.
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DOTD announces plans to widen I-10 in EBR and Ascension Parishes
Posted on 6/14/2017 12:41:00 PM.

The state Department of Transportation announces plans to widen Interstate 10 from four to six lanes in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes. The project also includes the replacement of the LA 42 overpass. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says construction is slated to begin in early 2018.
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DOTD to introduce Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks to Acadiana
Posted on 6/13/2017 11:57:00 AM.

Construction has begun on the I-10 widening project between I-49 and the Atchafalaya Basin, so DOTD has introduced Motorist Assistance Patrols to the area to help with traffic flow. Deidrea Druilhet with DOTD says with 60,000 drivers traveling that stretch daily, the department will have three map program trucks patrolling the area.
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