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Old 01-16-2020, 04:22 PM   #1
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Lane Closures I-10 Westbound at Atchafalaya Basin Bridge - Louisiana

ran across this quite by accident a few minutes ago. Anyone familiar with the detour...ok for 40 class A towing Jeep SUV????

Important Details: There will be a single lane closure on I-10 westbound during the weekends from 9 p.m. on Fridays to 6 a.m. on Mondays. Motorists are encouraged to use a detour route using La. 415 to U.S. 190 to I-49 back to I-10. Call 511 or visit www.511la.org for additional information.

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ST. MARTIN PARISH The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) announced a rehabilitation project to replace the existing bridge deck surface on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge in St. Martin Parish from the Whiskey Bay exit to mile marker 125.

The contractor, Gibson & Associates, will mill the existing deck surface and replace it with a modified latex concrete pavement.

A portion of the bridge deck was damaged following a multi-vehicle crash involving a vehicle fire in August 2019 that caused spalling to occur, resulting in some of the surface concrete to crack and flake off.

The bridge was deemed structurally sound after a thorough bridge inspection.

Construction is set to begin Jan. 17 and is anticipated to be completed Jan. 27, weather permitting.

There will be a single lane closure on I-10 westbound during the weekends from 9 p.m. on Fridays to 6 a.m. on Mondays.

Motorists are encouraged to use a detour route using La. 415 to U.S. 190 to I-49 back to I-10.
Call 511 or visit www.511la.org for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call I-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).

Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website atwww.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.

source: https://www.kaplantoday.com/news/exp...s-basin-bridge
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:17 PM   #2
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I base this thought on the idea that many folks on forums are well meaning but they can also be very unreliable or confused, so take it as an idea and go from there.
Lots of us have made the trip along that stretch of I 10 but I've never tried the detour with the thought in mind that I might need it someday.

In this situation, there seems to be several options, since there is going to be only one lane closed.
We can wait in line and use that one lane which may burn some time but be totally safe.
We can watch what signage tells us and what bigger rigs like semi are doing and do the same.
Or we can take the posted advise and check for more info.
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Motorists are encouraged to use a detour route using La. 415 to U.S. 190 to I-49 back to I-10. Call 511 or visit www.511la.org for additional information.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:33 AM   #3
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There is a Love's Travel Stop just as you come out of Baton Rouge. Consider stopping there and talking to some truckers for advice.

Personally I'd take the detour. In all likely hood it is offered with 18 Wheeler's in mind. LA 415 will be right there at the Love's Travel Stop. LA-415 is also labeled N Lobdell Hwy and after a short distance turns into a divided highway, as does US-190 for parts and 4 lanes in others with some lanes going down to two as you go through towns, and US-190 is also known as Ronald Regan Hwy.

Consider stopping at the Coushatta Casino and their RV park for $22 or there abouts per night, If you do decide to leisurely stop at the casino which is west of I-49 just take Hwy 165S back down to I-10 and continue your trip.

Also, as stated you could just wait in line on I-10 until you pass the construction. However, do realize that there are many travelers that will not know about the lane closure and the back-up Westbound can be very, very long.

If you are not in a hurry and want to know how to bypass Houston, let me know where you are headed.
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my RV park neighbor came thru that area EB on saturday (the 18th). he reported an estimated 5-mi backup on the WB side at the bridge. we left our park in Livingston, LA this morning (the 19th) at 8 and had decided on the detour. instead of taking 415 we took I-110 north to US190 west. we decided to also avoid I-10 and I-210 around Lake Charles due to construction and one of the worst stretches of highway in the country. so we stayed on 190/LA12/TX12 all the way to I-10 at Vidor, TX. consider this a road report:

- 190 east of I-49 is 4-lane and, in our opinion, generally rough. there are some smooth stretches but few and far between.

- 190 west of I-49 is a mix if 4 and 2-lane. you'll have 4-lane to roughly Eunice where it changes to 2-lane and remains 2-lane all the way to Vidor. where 190 east of 49 us generally bad, west of 49 it's just the opposite...mostly good road with small stretches of teeth jarring road.

- there are no formal rest areas on 190 but there is a walmart just west of eunice that would make a nice rest stop. there's a grocery store in Kinder that would also work but it's off 190. we finally found a Valero truck stop in Dequincy to take a break. off course after that there were many good spots for a rest.

- small towns. lots of them west of 49...in one, don't recall which, someone stuck a homemade sign in the ground...WARNING: SPEED TRAP AREA. i took it seriously and drove though each at least 5-below the posted speed.

overall 190/12/12 is a great alternative to I-10 between Beaumont and Baton Rouge.
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