La. 1 Tolls
4:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tolls resume on La. 1

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development resumed toll operations on the La. 1 Expressway in Leeville this morning at 10 a.m.

DOTD is conducting manual toll collections, and automated tolls will be collected by Geaux Pass toll tags. The in-lane cash and charge machine was severely damaged when a large truck struck it last month, but DOTD expects to have a replacement installed sometime this fall.

Hurricane Isaac
12:37 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

City of New Orleans train returning to New Orleans Monday

Amtrak says the City of New Orleans passenger train will pull into its namesake city on Monday — the first time since Aug. 27, when service was suspended because of Hurricane Isaac.

It says daily service from Chicago will start and end in Memphis through Sunday. trains will start and end in New Orleans on Monday, when service on the route in Mississippi also will resume.

Passengers who already had bought tickets for the suspended trains can get a refund or a voucher for future travel.

Interstate Widening
8:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Work resumes on I-10, I-12 in Baton Rouge, Livingston

Work to widen Interstates 10 and 12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes has resumed.

The state Department of Transportation and Development had suspended construction on the interstates as Hurricane Isaac approached last week to speed evacuation and help emergency workers.

With activities beginning to return to normal, DOTD said Wednesday that it had instructed construction contractors to resume work.

The widening project is expected to be complete by mid-2013.

1:11 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Amtrak New Orleans service restoration continues

Most Amtrak service to and from New Orleans has been restored following Hurricane Isaac, but the City of New Orleans' service in Mississippi and Louisiana, remains suspended through Friday.

The City of New Orleans, a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans, will continue to terminate and originate in Memphis, rather than in New Orleans, at least through Friday.

8:02 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Community Impact Series: Transport for NOLA

One local nonprofit is helping make public transit in New Orleans a smoother ride, and its latest project will let people pinpoint just when that next streetcar will come along. 

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Hurricane Isaac
2:45 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Louisiana Highway 1 closed overnights for repairs

State transportation officials say Louisiana Highway 1 is open during daylight hours south to Grand Isle.

The Courier reports a segment of the highway south of Port Fourchon is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly until further notice while crews repair a section of road damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

State police said residents and visitors to Grand Isle who don't want to be trapped on the island should leave before 6 p.m. nightly. Once the highway is closed, no vehicles will be allowed on Louisiana Highway 1 from Grand Isle to Fourchon.

Hurricane Isaac
2:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ferry service restarts in St. John parish

Ferry operations in St. John the Baptist Parish have resumed.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the Edgard/Reserve ferry reopened Monday across the Mississippi River in the parish that had severe flooding in some areas from Hurricane Isaac.

Operating hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information is available at 1-888-613-3779 or at .

Brake Tags
12:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Two-year car inspections now available

Louisiana motorists, except for those in three New Orleans-area municipalities, now have the option of getting their vehicles inspected every two years instead of annually.

The new law took effect Saturday.

The Times-Picayune reports that drivers can buy a one- or two-year safety inspection sticker. The annual sticker costs $10; the two-year version costs $20.

But drivers in New Orleans, Kenner and Westwego will not have that option. They will have to get an annual inspection and a yearly tag.

Hurricane Isaac
5:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

I-10 closed as water rises at LaPlace

High water driven inland by Hurricane Isaac has forced authorities to close Interstate 10 in St. John the Baptist Parish.

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said the highway is closed in both directions at LaPlace, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Hurricane Isaac
8:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Baton Rouge airport likely to cancel flights

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is advising all flights scheduled to arrive this evening or Wednesday will most likely be canceled. The flight schedule on Thursday will be based on forecasted weather conditions.

Travelers should check with their airline to confirm if their flight is affected. Travelers can find a list of airlines serving BTR on the airport's website.