Department of Transportation and Development

Red River Radio
9:23 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Voting begins to select new paint color for Jimmie Davis Bridge

The Jimmie Davis Bridge, built in 1968, has about 21,000 vehicles moving across it each day.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development seeks input on the new color for the Jimmie Davis Bridge that connects Shreveport-Bossier over the Red River.

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2014 Winter Storm
5:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Real-Time Traffic, Road Closure Updates

Find real-time traffic updates, links to live traffic cameras, and much more in this interactive application from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

2014 Winter Storm
7:24 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Transportation Department Releases Winter Storm Road Plan

Department of Transportation and Development New Orleans personnel prepared for the winter storm on Monday.
Louisiana DoTD

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has released its response plan for the winter storm threatening much of the state.

The plan details the roads and bridges DOTD will attempt to keep clear. However, as all storms are dynamic events, DOTD says the following information may be adjusted depending on changing conditions.

DOTD will commit resources to keep the following roads open:

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2014 Winter Storm
4:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Department Of Transportation Preparing For Unsafe Road Conditions

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development workers preparing road salt and sand ahead of the winter storm scheduled to impact the region.
Credit Louisiana DoTD

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is preparing to deal with the snow, sleet and freezing rain expected to impact the New Orleans region this week.

The DOTD said in a press release that they are planning to pretreat portions of Interstates and major traffic corridors ahead of the storm's impact. Workers are prepared to apply de-icing materials, remove fallen trees, and close roadways if necessary; however, the state does not possess enough equipment or resources to keep all the bridges in the state open through this severe weather event.

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Tropical Storm Karen
2:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

La. 1 Toll Collections Suspended

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at La. 1 in Leeville in response to the mandatory evacuation of Grand Isle, the agency announced this afternoon.

DOTD says the tolls have been suspended in order to facilitate emergency and protective services and evacuation as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast. The agency will make an announcement when tolls are scheduled to resume.

Community
10:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

LA Swift Bus Service To Baton Rouge Ends Today

The LA Swift bus leaving New Orleans for Baton Rouge.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Today is the final day for the LA Swift bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.

Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.

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Algiers Ferry
10:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Algiers Ferry Terminal Work to Finish this Afternoon

Work on the damaged Algiers Point Ferry Terminal that was suspended yesterday due to inclement weather will be completed today by 3:30 p.m., according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Ferry service from the Algiers Point terminal will remain suspended while the work is being completed, the DOTD said. However, the DOTD says all construction is weather-dependent, and may need to be rescheduled again.

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Super Bowl XLVII
5:52 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

DOTD: No Lane Closures During 'Super Gras'

Because of the magnitude of special events surrounding Super Bowl and a full slate of parades associated with New Orleans' carnival season, state transportation officials say they are suspending lane closures on all bridges, freeways, expressways and arterial roadways near those activities.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the suspension will be in place form 8 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Latest News
2:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

State Spent $668M on Transportation Infrastructure in 2012

State officials say more than $668 million was spent on roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure during 2012.

Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri LeBas says the money went to 372 improvement projects on more than 1,000 miles of roadways and 71 bridges in Louisiana.

LeBas said the state has reduced the backlog of road and bridge needs by nearly $2 billion. The department is responsible for more than 16,000 miles of roadway.

Latest News
8:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Pointe-a-la-Hache Ferry Landing Closed as Unsafe

The Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry landing has been closed indefinitely as unsafe. A Plaquemines Parish news release says the Department of Transportation and Development ordered it closed immediately on Wednesday.

The landing was damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The parish has been working on repairs for more than a year to keep it running. It says the landing isn't eligible for Federal Emergency Management Administration aid because a previous administration didn't give any details about repairs that FEMA paid for after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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