I-610 to be closed from Saturday night to Monday morning _lowres

 

A large portion of Interstate 610 will be shut down from Saturday night until Monday morning while construction crews begin work to replace the Wisner Boulevard overpass.

The closure will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and is expected to last until 5 a.m. Monday.

Boh Bros. Construction Co. workers will use the time to prepare for the demolition of the bridge girders that overhang the interstate, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.

Westbound I-610 will be closed entirely from Franklin Avenue to where it merges with Interstate 10. The eastbound lanes will be closed from the I-10 split to St. Bernard Avenue, though ground-level access will be available at Gentilly Boulevard and beyond.

The work is part of the $19.5 million replacement of the Wisner bridge over I-610, a project that began last month. The bridge, built in 1955, will be replaced with a new overpass that will include two 12-foot travel lanes and a 12-foot bike lane.

The bridge itself will remain closed throughout construction, which is expected to wrap up in 2017.

Eastbound traffic headed to West End and Canal boulevards will be rerouted to I-10 East and then to the Metairie Road/City Park Avenue exit. Vehicles headed to St. Bernard Avenue should take I-10 to the North Claiborne Avenue exit, and I-10 should be used instead of I-610 for traffic headed to Elysian Fields Avenue. Traffic traveling through the entire city will stay on I-10 East.

Westbound traffic headed to Elysian Fields Avenue, North Broad Street or Paris Avenue should use the Chef Menteur Highway or Franklin Avenue exits. Vehicles headed to Canal Boulevard should instead take I-10 West to Florida Boulevard or West End.

The project is a joint effort of the Federal Highway Administration, the city and the Regional Planning Commission.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the date the Wisner Boulevard overpass was originally built.

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