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Updates on traffic and road closures

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Highway Safety during the Labor Day Weekend


The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods as the summer season is ending.  The resulting increase in traffic volume often leads to more crashes.  Motorists should remain attentive to their surroundings, exercise patience, show courtesy to other motorists, and limit distractions inside the vehicle.  These are behaviors that can make highway travel safer for all of us.


"If there is ever a time to make safety a priority, it is this Labor Day weekend," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.  "As a large portion of our state continues to face challenges due to Hurricane Isaac, others will be enjoying the holiday weekend.  Let us not forget our fellow citizens who continue to struggle through storm recovery.  Buckle up, designate a sober driver and travel safe."
Every year across our nation, impaired drivers kill or injure thousands of people.  Impaired driving is a deadly crime that remains prevalent in Louisiana.  Nationally, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day and thirty-one percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were impaired by alcohol, compared to sixteen percent during the weekdays.   
In Louisiana during 2011, impaired drivers were involved in 43 percent of fatal crashes.  Troopers will be working closely with local law enforcement agencies to make vehicular travel safer by participating in this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" nationwide enforcement campaign.  The campaign is designed to save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road and reducing roadway fatalities.

Motorists should designate a safe and sober driver before heading to any location where alcohol will be consumed.  To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.  

Troopers would also like to remind motorists of the importance of wearing seatbelts.  Last year in our state, 65 percent of drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.  Louisiana law requires all occupants to be properly restrained regardless of their age or seating position, day and night.  While not all crashes are survivable, seatbelts can greatly decrease the likelihood of death or serious injury in the event of a crash.

Several roads remain closed due to the effects of Hurricane Isaac.  Information on road closures may be found online by clicking on the road closure link on our website, www.LSP.org.  Road closure information may also be obtained by dialing 511 from any telephone.

 

FOX 8 News has received the following advisories on traffic and road closures; we will update this page as our coverage continues Friday:

*Road Closures for the Troop C Area* (State Police)

Terrebonne Parish:

LA 58 - LA 58 is closed while crews work on power lines and replace downed poles.

Woodlawn Ranch Road – Woodlawn Ranch Road between LA 57 and LA 56 is closed due to power lines across the roadway.

Lafourche Parish:

LA 1 south of Fourchon - LA 1 South of Fourchon has all lanes blocked due to high water and debris across the roadway.

US 90 West exit ramp to LA 182 at MP 213 – US 90 West exit ramp to LA 182 at mile post 213 is closed due to high water.

LA 308 from the Bellevue Bridge to the Valentine Bridge – LA 308 from the Bellevue Bridge to the Valentine Bridge is closed while crews replace downed power poles.

Cote Blanch Pontoon Bridge - The Cote Blanch Pontoon Bridge is still closed.

Motorists are urged to refrain from unnecessary travel and be watchful for fallen trees and debris on area roadways.

In addition, Troopers are posting regular weather, road conditions, and LSP activities on the LSP Facebook page.

To report stalled vehicles or unsafe roadway conditions, you may dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone to reach the State Police office closest to you.

For road closure information, motorists can also dial 511 or visit www.511LA.org.

State Police Troop L Traffic Advisory and Road Closures

Floodwaters continue to obstruct roadways throughout the Troop L region creating potentially dangerous conditions.

Motorists are urged to refrain from unnecessary travel and be watchful for fallen trees and debris on area roadways.

Due to high water and/or dangerous conditions, the following roads are closed at this time:
·        The Interstate 10 eastbound off ramps to Oak Harbor Blvd. in Slidell
·        The Interstate 55 southbound onramp from U.S. 51 Business
·        U.S. 51 from Manchac to Ponchatoula
·        LA 433 between Interstate 10 and U.S. Hwy 90
·        The U.S. 11 Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain linking Slidell to New Orleans East
·        LA 10 between LA 25 and LA 440
·        LA 40 at LA 1054
·        LA 40 at the Tangipahoa River
·        LA 445 between U.S. 190 and Interstate 12
·        The westbound lane of LA 440 at the Tangipahoa River
·        U.S. 190 east of LA 445 near the Walmart Distribution Center
·        U.S. 190 between Old Covington Highway and LA 445
·        LA 1077 near Bennett Bridge Road


Road closure signs and barricades have been posted at all locations and citizens are urged to avoid the area if possible.  Troop L will continue to monitor the roadways for changing conditions.

All citizens are reminded to monitor the National Weather Service, local radio and television stations, or visit www.lsp.org to see the latest road closures.

In addition, Troopers are posting regular weather, road conditions, and LSP activities on the LSP Facebook page.

To report stalled vehicles or unsafe roadway conditions, you may dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone to reach the State Police office closest to you.

For road closure information, motorists can also dial 511 or visit www.511LA.org.

Citizens and visitors are also urged to enroll in Nixle Alerts for real time updates on roadway closures, crash locations, and pertinent safety information for their region of the state. To enroll visit www.nixle.com, complete the required information, and select Louisiana State Police as your agency.

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DOTD announces open routes for drivers traveling to New Orleans

Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced open routes for drivers returning to the New Orleans area following Hurricane Isaac.

DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen roadways closed during the storm. Currently, the most direct open routes into the city include:

Traveling to New Orleans from the east:

 *   Take I-10 west to I-610 west. I-610 will then reconnect with I-10 just west of the city.

Traveling to New Orleans from the west:

 *   Take I-10 east to U.S. 61 (exit 187) toward Gramercy. Turn right onto La. 641. La. 641 will turn into La. 3213 near the Mississippi River. Travel on La. 3213 and take a left on La. 3127. Keep straight on La. 3127 and take I-310 to New Orleans until it connects with I-10 east. I-10 east will take you into the city.

DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. Always allow for extra driving time, reduce speeds when visibility is low, and make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.

DOTD is working in conjunction with law enforcement and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to issue information to the public regarding road closures and alternate routes. Citizens can access this information on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System simply by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org.

Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD's Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is typically open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but has extended its hours during the storm.

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