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Latest News
5:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

No Ban On Cellphones For Louisiana Drivers

A proposal to prevent drivers from using handheld cellphones stalled in the House.
Ed Brown

Louisiana drivers will not face new restrictions on using handheld cellphones while driving. An effort to require drivers to use hands-free devices stalled Monday in the House Transportation Committee.

Republican Rep. Mike Huval of Breaux Bridge voluntarily shelved his proposal after criticism that the cellphone ban was too broad.

Louisiana has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. Reducing the risk of accidents by limiting cellphone use while driving could help to lower those costs.

The Lens
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Taking A Hard Look At School Bus Safety

New Orleans schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.
Gerald Bernard Shutterstock.com

In New Orleans, hundreds of school buses criss-cross the city every day, picking up and dropping off kids at school. The city’s schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.

Last month, 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was crossing a busy street to meet his school bus when he was hit and killed by a car.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Free Ferry Service Ending This Weekend

A ferry arrives at Algiers from Canal Street.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Ferry service is changing.

The days of a free ride across the Mississippi River are coming to an end. Starting Sunday, passengers and cars will have to pay $2 to use the ferry system.

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Transportation
10:57 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Baton Rouge May Get A Streetcar Line

Plans are in the works for a $100 million streetcar line in the fast-developing Nicholson Drive corridor.

Planner John Fregonese tells The Advocate the corridor is a hotbed of commercial and residential development. Fregonese is working to implement the city's master land-use plan, known as FutureBR.

He cites developments such as IBM's service center, the residential tower going up next to it, the Water Campus coastal research center and the mixed-use River District development.

2014 Winter Storm
3:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Police: I-10 May Reopen Thursday

Louisiana State Police say motorists should not expect to see Interstate 10 reopened before Thursday.

Capt. Doug Cain says the state's major east-west thoroughfare remains closed between the Jefferson/Orleans parish line through Lafayette.

Cain says the concern is that temperatures won't warm up enough to thaw bridges along the highway like the Bonnet Carré Spillway, four miles at LaPlace and Interstate 55 over Manchac.

The Times-Picayune reports Cain also couldn't say when Interstate 12 might reopen.

2014 Winter Storm
3:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Flights Resume At New Orleans Airport

Flights have resumed on a limited basis in and out of New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said flights started arriving mid-morning on Wednesday, roughly a full day after a blast of winter weather suspended service.

Wilcut said the resumption of service will vary by airline.

The airport typically has roughly 260 daily flights.

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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Red River Radio
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Long-awaited construction begins on Sabine River bridge at Logansport, La.

The downtown streetscape of Logansport, La., will not be impacted by the Sabine River bridge project.

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 10:44 am

Construction begins today on a $20.4 million bridge replacement that connects Shelby County, Texas, with DeSoto Parish. The Sabine River Bridge links Logansport, La., with Joaquin, Texas. An effort to replace the 78-year-old bridge began with public meetings in the 1980s.

Logansport mayor Katherine Freeman, 73, was there, and she said over the decades it was always money that held back the project. But another sticking point, according to Freeman, was in the design of the bridge itself. Logansport residents pushed to have two bridges built. In the end, they got their wish.

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Red River Radio
8:56 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Caddo Lake drawbridge turns 100, thanks to Mooringsport resident

In 1914, the Caddo Lake Drawbridge replaced a ferry that transported people across Caddo Lake at Mooringsport.

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 1:12 pm

The historic Caddo Lake drawbridge will turn 100 years old in 2014. The vertical lift bridge in Mooringsport, La., was built under the authority of the Caddo Parish Police Jury during the town’s oil boom era. Ahead of World War II, it was used in the Louisiana Maneuvers to mimic a bridge under siege. When the state decided to replace the drawbridge in the late '80s, Mooringsport resident Darren Guin began an earnest quest to save it.

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