The first of 18 months of nighttime lane closures on the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge will start on Wednesday, state officials said.

On Wednesday, the eastbound right lane of the bridge will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.

On Thursday, the inside left lanes for both eastbound and westbound traffic will be closed.

No closures are set for Friday or Saturday because of the LSU-University of Louisiana at Monroe football game.

Lane closures will resume on Sunday night and continue for the next two to three weeks except for football games, DOTD officials said.

The work is needed for rust removal and painting.

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