Louisiana to receive $60 million federal grant for road projects
Posted on 7/5/2016 5:40:00 PM.

Louisiana is set to receive 60-million dollars in federal grants that will benefit significant road projects in the state. The grant will be used to improve and expand I-10 between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. And Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says this federal money will allow the state to use dollars to address the bottleneck on I-10 east as you come over the Mississippi River Bridge from West Baton Rouge parish.

Garret Graves, FASTLANE Program, Shawn Wilson, Department of Transportation

DOTD to build new bridge over Red River in Shreveport-Bossier
Posted on 6/22/2016 12:39:00 PM.

The state Department of Transportation cancels plans to rehabilitate the Jimmy Davis Bridge over the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier and instead they decide to build a new four-lane bridge. DOTD spokesperson Cindy Dorfner says this new bridge will mean less congestion and an easier drive for commuters. 

Department of Transportation, Cindy Dorfner, Jimmy Davis Bridge

Governor cuts ribbon at new Curtis Coleman Bridge
Posted on 5/24/2016 12:07:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards and other state and local officials cut the ribbon today on the Curtis Coleman Memorial Bridge over the Red River in Rapides Parish. Rodney Mallett with the Department of Transportation says this new bridge will benefit all drivers in Cenla.

Curtis Coleman Memorial Bridge, Rodney Mallett, Department of Transportation

Jimmy Davis Bridge renovation delayed because of protected birds
Posted on 5/9/2016 1:07:00 PM.

The Jimmy Davis Bridge in Shreveport-Bossier City will not get its planned renovation anytime soon because the construction contract has been terminated. Department of Transportation spokesperson Rodney Mallett says the plan has been halted because of a protected species of bird that’s nesting on the bridge.

Jimmy Davis Bridge, Rodney Mallett, Department of Transportation

DOTD reminds motorists of lane closure on I-10 in West Baton Rouge
Posted on 1/29/2016 4:43:00 AM.

The Department of Transportation is alerting drivers of a single lane closure beginning today on eastbound I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish just before the Mississippi River Bridge. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett says construction is necessary to maintain the integrity of our roadway. But he says they tried to schedule the road work during times with the least amount of traffic.

Department of Transportation, Rodney Mallett, West Baton Rouge, I-10, lane closure

Sunshine Bridge project now complete; all lanes open
Posted on 12/7/2015 6:27:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The state Department of Transportation and Development says the maintenance work being done on the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish is now complete. The project, which began in February 2014, involved cleaning, painting and performing structural repairs to the main spans of the Sunshine Bridge on LA70.
sunshine bridge, department of transportation, rodney mallett

LSP and DOTD partner to provide up to date traffic notices
Posted on 10/9/2015 3:23:00 AM.

State Police announces they will use the Louisiana Department of Transportation’s website, twitter accounts, and smart phone app to relay information about traffic crashes, congestion and roadway construction. Trooper Dustin Dwight says LSP currently uses the Nixle alert system to provide notifications but now they’ll work even more closely with DOTD to give traffic updates.

Louisiana State Police, Department of Transportation, Dustin Dwight, traffic notices, 511, Way to Geaux

10 years after Katrina DOTD says major strides have been made in evacuation programs
Posted on 8/27/2015 2:00:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
10 years ago thousands of people were evacuating out of the New Orleans area as Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on Louisiana; and it was chaos. So in that time how has the state improved efforts to make such a large scale evacuation more smooth?
New Orleans, Katrina, Department of Transportation, Rodney Mallett, contraflow, evacuation

More roadwork this weekend on I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette
Posted on 7/31/2015 2:43:00 AM.
The State Department of Transportation is warning motorists who are heading west on Interstate 10, west of Baton Rouge that they could encounter heavy delays this weekend. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett says starting at 8 p.m. tonight, one lane near exit 139 will be closed for repair.
Iberville Parish, Department of Transportation, 511, Rodney Mallett, I-10

State Senator asks DOTD to make shoulder of I-12 corridor into a travel lane
Posted on 7/15/2015 2:13:00 AM.
Livingston Sen. Dale Erdey is asking the Department of Transportation to check the feasibility of turning the inside shoulder of I-12 into a travel lane between Baton Rouge and Walker. The proposal would make the 15 mile corridor grow from six to eight lanes between the I-10/12 split and Walker. Erdey believes this would be a huge help.
dale erdey, department of transportation, livingston, walker, baton rouge, I-12, I-10

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