I-210 bridge repair work begins Jan. 7

Repair work on the Interstate 210 bridge is expected to start Jan. 7, state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) officials said Thursday.

Starting in the first phase of work, the eastbound and westbound bridges will be reduced to one lane. Both westbound lanes will be closed at night, from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

DOTD officials said the lane closures are needed to give the contractor enough space to work on the bridge. Repairs include redecking the bridge’s 930-foot main span; building inspection walkways underneath the bridge; improving barrier rail safety; and installing lighting.

Tammy York, public information officer for DOTD District 7, said traffic delays are expected throughout the project’s duration and especially during the first 10 days of work. Slowdowns are anticipated as drivers take different routes during morning and afternoon commutes.

Alternate routes include La. 109, La. 27, U.S. 171, U.S. 190, and U.S. 165 to access La. 12.

A traffic advisory system will provide drivers on Interstates 10 and 210 with real-time information through message boards and flashing signs. Also, Motorist Assistance Patrol coverage will be increased to three units during the day and two units at night. Oversized loads will be not be allowed to travel in the construction zone.

Drivers can also get traffic alerts on their smartphone by downloading the 511 app or visiting 511la.org. Out-of-state drivers can call 800-762-3511 to get up-to-date traffic information.

Lane closures and other information can be found at dotd.la.gov or on the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.

The contractor working on the I-210 bridge, Kiewit Louisiana Co., has said construction can be done within one year.

Lane closures and other information can be found at dotd.la.gov or on the DOTD Facebook or Twitter pages.

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