NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) plans to close portions of the I-610 Friday, September 16 at 10 p.m. until Monday, September 19 at 5 a.m.
Highway workers are expected to use the weekend to install steel girders as part of the Wisner Boulevard Bridge Overpass Replacement project.
DOTD says westbound I-610 from Franklin Avenue to I-10 will be completely closed all weekend. They say eastbound I-610 from the I-10 split to St. Bernard will be closed. Access from ground-level at Gentilly Boulevard and beyond will remain open.
The $19.5 million project includes a new steel girder overpass, asphalt approaches, two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction and one 12-foot bike lane.
Construction of the Wisner Blvd. bridge is expected to be complete by mid-2017.
The state offered the following detours for drivers:
• All traffic that would normally exit on I-610 for 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.
• Traffic that would normally exit Elysian Fields Avenue or Franklin Avenue should take I-10 east to the Elysian Fields exit.
• All through traffic should remain on I-10 east.
• All traffic that would normally exit on I-610 at Elysian Fields Avenue, N. Broad Street, or Paris Avenue should use the Chef Menteur Highway or Franklin Avenue exits.
• Traffic that would normally exit on I-610 at Canal Boulevard should take I-10 west to the Florida Boulevard or West End exit.