SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Construction near Slidell has snarled traffic for weeks now, sometimes slowing drivers to a stop. The work near the I-10/I-12/I-59 interchange over the Father's Day weekend especially surprised some drivers.
The Slidell Police Department has received a lot of complaints about the construction, according to its Facebook page. LADOTD responded to those complaints with an explanation of why construction continued on a holiday weekend.
"We certainly share your concerns and understand your frustration with traffic delay, and we have been working extensively with the Mississippi Department of Transportation and media in the area to warn drivers of traffic impacts in the area for them to consider alternate routes. Unfortunately, Father's Day is not recognized as a major holiday as per the construction contract," the LADOTD wrote in a post to social media.
The LADOTD said workers are limited to the time they can close lanes of traffic.
"After extensive research and analysis, there was no way to reconstruct the roadway and have it ready for travel during the week or overnight. The repair process takes a minimum of three days (barring any inclement weather), requires one lane to be closed and must be done outside of peak commuter travel hours during the week."
The work to revamp the interchange, including improvements and repaving some stretches of the interstate, is expected to last about one year.
“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.”
The LADOTD said it will do its best to ease the inconvenience and inform drivers of delays.
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