If you have travel plans through Baton Rouge this weekend, you should be aware of some major closures set to happen.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that beginning Saturday, June 24, I-12 eastbound will have a full closure at the I-10/I-12 split in Baton Rouge from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to install the new I-10 westbound bridge span over I-12 eastbound as part of the College Drive exit project in the Capitol Region.

The below map shows where the closure will be and also where to detour.

Louisiana DOTD
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As you can see above, motorists traveling I-10 eastbound will be directed to detour to the LA 3064 (Essen Lane) exit and travel northbound to the I-12 eastbound on-ramp.

There will be additional lane closures in the area over the weekend:

  • Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25 from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am -- I-12 eastbound left and center lanes from the I-10/I-12 merge to Essen Lane
  • Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am -- I-10 westbound right lane from the I-10/I-12 merge to Essen Lane

This construction is part of a $52.3 million project that will realign the existing I-12 westbound traffic to more closely follow the I-12 eastbound alignment. It will span both I-12 eastbound and westbound with a new I-10 westbound bridge, allowing for westbound traffic to exit to College Drive without crossing through mainline interstate traffic.

The College Drive exit project will tie into the multi-phased project that will widen I-10 from LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish to the I-10/I-12 split in East Baton Rouge Parish.

This project is anticipated to be summer 2024, weather permitting.

To learn more about the latest major road construction projects in Louisiana, visit the LA DOTD website at www.dotd.la.gov or the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.

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