Work crews will begin tearing out the bank of a dozen booths stretching across the West Bank foot of the Crescent City Connection on Monday, removing the last visual reminder of the tolls that voters eliminated in 2013.
The $2.2 million project will last until October, though it’s not yet clear how much the work will constrict traffic on the West Bank approach to the bridge.
“That will be based on activity at any given time during the course of construction,” state Department of Transportation and Development spokeswoman Bambi Hall said.
In a separate $17.7 million project underway on the bridge itself, Intech Contracting is doing spot repairs and painting — essentially maintenance, according to Hall. That project, which is closing one or two lanes at a time at night, began in January and will be completed by the end of the year.
The contractor on the toll plaza project, Gibson & Associates, will work behind protective concrete barriers, using a schedule that will see the temporary closure of certain lanes as the booths, their concrete bases and the overhead canopy across 12 lanes are removed, DOTD said.
Those shifting closures will be made between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to allow the demolition work to be performed during the day.
By the time the project is finished, the Terrytown on-ramp will be permanently reduced from two lanes to one.
The work is weather-dependent, and DOTD asks motorists to drive cautiously through the work zone.
Drivers can access updates on traffic and road conditions by dialing 511 and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. That number is (888) ROAD-511 if dialed from an area code outside of the state.
The information is also available online at www.511la.org.
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