Interstate 10 from Baton Rouge to New Orleans is open to traffic, with lane restrictions due to flood water on the outer lanes in LaPlace. The State Police continue to receive phone calls about the interstate from Baton Rouge New Orleans and want to assure everyone that it is open.
I-10 at Laplace is now open to one lane in both directions. Flood waters have subsided allowing traffic to flow in this area. Additionally, this morning DOTD opened all lanes on I-10 East at LA 22 in Ascension Parish.
I-10 in Laplace, which is located 25 miles west of New Orleans, took on approximately 18-20 inches of flood water on the roadway in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Flood waters are continuing to fluctuate in affected areas. If water begins to cover roadways again, DOTD will need to close those routes.
DOTD continues to urge motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. Always allow for extra driving time, reduce speeds when visibility is low, and make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.
Information on real-time traffic and road conditions is available by using the 511 Traveler Information System at the web site at www.511la.org or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).
Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is typically open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but has extended its hours during the storm.
Information from DOTD news release.