Louisiana road work bill heads to governor

| 6/19/2003

Most Louisiana highway repair work that involves the closing of a lane would be bumped to nighttime or weekends under a bill headed to the governor for approval, The Times-Picayune reported.

The full House unanimously approved the measure June 17, sending it to the governor’s desk. It previously passed the Senate by 27-1.

SB323 would require the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to determine whether projects will cause “undo hardship or significant delay” to drivers.

If a project meets that description, the agency must do the work at night between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or during other “non-peak” traffic hours, such as weekends.

The department would have an out if its studies determine that non-peak work is not feasible.