NOPD gears up for more high rise traffic delays through Thanksgiving

NOPD gears up for more high rise traffic delays through Thanksgiving
Updated: Nov. 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Thousands of New Orleanians are making travel plans for the holidays, but they could run into problems in New Orleans East.

The police department is making plans to beef up traffic officers at five major intersections to help make the going easier after a fire on the I-10 high rise. Ever since hundreds of tires caught fire and damaged the bridge, intersections like the one at Press and Leon C. Simon have been backing up as drivers look for speedier routes.

Now, the NOPD says it's putting traffic officers and at several intersections to make the holiday commute easier.

"I leave two hours ahead of time to make my appointments," said motorist Lisa Jones of New Orleans.

State transportation workers are trying to repair charred supports and girders. At this point, there's no word as to when the work will be completed, and officials worry the delays could continue through Thanksgiving.

"I hope not, and we are getting updates. But we don't know when they are done, and we hope they are done swiftly," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.

The damaged supports have caused officials to lighten the load on the bridge. They have shut off two thirds of the traffic headed east.

"It's taking a number of motorcycle officers and members from traffic, we are pulling from Third District and the Seventh District to staff, ...but we have DOTD and State Police to help staff those intersections," said Harrison.

State highway officials won't say how much longer these repairs will take.

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