SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Construction has started on a yearlong project to replace pavement on the I-10/I-12/I-59 interchange near Slidell. Drivers should expect intermittent delays.
The project will also include replacing pavement on I-10 to the east of the West Pearl River Bridge near the Slidell Welcome Center and short segments north, south and west of the interchange.
There will be some daytime lane closures in spot locations and nighttime lane closures in the area.
The first long term weekend closure will be at the I-59 to I-12 fly over ramp. The ramp will be completely closed. Traffic will be detoured to the I-59/LA 1090 interchange just north of the construction zone and back down I-59 south to I-12 westbound. The closure is scheduled from Friday at 10 p.m. through Monday at 5 a.m., weather permitting.
There will be at least eight consecutive weekend lane closures in both directions beginning May 29. Roads will be open for the 4th of July weekend. The closures will start on Fridays around 7 p.m. and last until noon the following Monday. At least one lane of traffic should be open during those times.
"This is going to impact travel in our area this summer, so please get the word out and ask everyone to stay aware of the lane closure notifications and plan alternate routes when possible," Mayor Freddy Drennan said. " If you must travel through this construction zone during the closures, expect delays."
Once the crossovers and ramps are complete, work behind barriers will begin during which time two lanes of traffic maintained at all times.