NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced on Dec. 16 that a full closure of Interstate 610 eastbound will take place beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18.
Highway officials say the closure will end on Monday, Dec. 21, at approximately 5 a.m.
DOTD will be replacing ten expansion joints that span the entire roadway.
The expansion joint allows for that movement to occur and helps maintain roadway continuity. Roadway materials, such as asphalt and concrete, may contract and expand with temperatures. DOTD replaced expansion joints on the westbound lanes last month.
All traffic that would normally exit I-610 at West End and Canal Boulevards should take I-10 east to the Metairie Road /City Park Avenue exit. Traffic that would normally exit on I-610 at St. Bernard Avenue should take I-10 east to the N. Claiborne Avenue exit and those that would normally exit at Elysian Fields Avenue or Franklin Avenue should take I-10 east to the Elysian Fields exit.
All through traffic will remain on I-10 east. Westbound I-610 will remain open.
DOTD released a statement asking drivers to be cautious, and to be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information.