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Hale Boggs Bridge work to begin in February

Hale Boggs Bridge work to begin in February

Starting in February, traffic on the Hale Boggs Bridgein St. Charles Parish (often referred to as the Luling Bridge) will be restricted to one side for six months. The work is likely to create significant traffic delays on several main arteries leading to Interstate 310, especially during peak travel times.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is resurfacing the asphalt deck of the four-lane bridge, which will require closing half of the roadway. Traffic will be rerouted to the other half.

Starting Feb. 1, southbound traffic from the east bank to the west bank will be reduced to one lane while work crews set up concrete barriers as a temporary median and stripe the roadway.

On Feb. 15, all northbound traffic from the west bank to the east bank will be rerouted onto what is now the southbound side. The northbound side of the bridge will be closed to traffic.

State officials project finishing the work by mid-June, depending on the weather.

Based on a 2012 traffic study, officials say congestion on the Hale Boggs Bridge will be at its heaviest weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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