Westbound vehicles passing through downtown New Orleans on Interstate 10 this weekend will again have to get off at the Canal Street/Superdome exit and get back on at Tulane Avenue as crews continue to repair a portion of the highway near Julia Street.
The closure, which will run from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, is the same as the one two weeks ago. It will force motorists who pass up Exit 235B to exit at the U.S. 90 West exit on Claiborne Avenue or take U.S. 90 Business West to the West Bank, the state Department of Transportation and Development said.
The $1.3 million project also will close the entrance ramps to westbound I-10 at Poydras Street and North Claiborne Avenue (La. 39).
Drivers who would have used the North Claiborne ramp should continue on ground level to Tulane Avenue.
To avoid delays, the state recommends that drivers coming into New Orleans from the east exit I-10 westbound and take Interstate 610 if they want to reach destinations beyond the closure.
The closure will not affect motorists coming from the West Bank over the Crescent City Connection and getting onto the Pontchartrain Expressway.
Even emergency and permit vehicles will not have access to the closed segment, the state said.
Contractor Coastal Bridge is replacing a girder and repairing damaged steel and connection plates on the section of the expressway that passes over Julia Street. Work will continue after the westbound lanes are reopened Monday morning and will be completed in June.
The construction may be rescheduled in case of bad weather.
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