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|Holiday closures, road advisories reported|
Governmental offices and many private businesses will be closed for the Christmas holiday period.
Most governmental offices at the courthouse will be closed both Thursday and Friday, while the District Attorney's office closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday for the remainder of the week and the judge's office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Sheriff's Office administrative offices will close at noon Wednesday and remain closed until Monday, Dec. 28.
Town halls at Clayton and Ridgecrest will be closed Thursday and Friday. Vidalia City Hall will close at noon Wednesday and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29. Ferriday Town Hall will close at noon Wednesday and reopen on Monday, Dec. 28.
The Concordia Sentinel will be closed both Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana for Christmas weekend (Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 27) and for New Year's weekend (Thursday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 3).
DOTD Secretary William D. Ankner, Ph.D., urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday weekend, especially at railroad crossings.
Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.
In the Alexandria area, all lanes of I-49 will remain open to traffic.
In Catahoula and Concordia parishes, construction will continue on U.S. 84 in the Jonesville area. Drivers may experience minor delays because of construction activity in this area.
In the Monroe area, all lanes of I-20 will remain open.
In Lincoln Parish, La. 146 is closed to thru traffic at a point approximately five miles west of U.S. 167 (Vienna) and one mile east of La. 151 (Goose Creek). The detour route is U.S. 167 North, La. 151 West, and La. 563 South.
In the Shreveport-Bossier City area and surrounding parishes, all lanes of I-20 and I-49 will remain open.
In Caddo Parish, I-220 will remain reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between La. 173 (exit 5) and U.S. 71 (exit 7). Eastbound traffic on I-220 is being detoured to the westbound roadway between La. 173 and U.S. 71.
In Bossier Parish, La. 3 (Benton Road) between U.S. 80 and I-220 will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Dec. 28, for railroad crossing work.
Also in Bossier Parish, La. 3105 (Airline Drive) will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 29, through Wednesday, Dec. 30, for railroad crossing work.
In the New Orleans area, all lanes of I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 will remain open during the holiday weekend.
In Grand Isle, the northbound lane of the La. 1 Caminada Bridge is closed for repairs until further notice. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic; no delays are expected.
In the Slidell area, all lanes of I-10, I-12 and I-59 will remain open.
In the Hammond area and surrounding parishes, all lanes of I-12 will remain open.
In St. John the Baptist Parish, I-55 southbound at Ruddock to U.S. 51 in LaPlace is reduced to one lane. The detour is to exit at Ruddock (exit 7), south to the I-55 Service Road and exit at LaPlace (exit 1).
In the Baton Rouge area, all lanes of I-12 and I-10 will remain open.
Construction on I-12 will be suspended between O'Neal Lane in Baton Rouge and Range Avenue in Denham Springs for the holiday weekends. Drivers should note that the speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour within the construction zone on I-12.
In the Lafayette area, all lanes of I-10 and I-49 will remain open to traffic.
In St. Landry Parish, U.S. 190 over U.S. 71 will remain reduced to two-lane, two-way traffic on the westbound roadway since the eastbound bridge over U.S. 71 has been removed.
In the Lake Charles area, all lanes of I-10 and I-210 will remain open to traffic.
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