Mike Foster has signed legislation that requires most Louisiana
highway repair work that involves the closing of a lane to be
bumped to nighttime or weekends.
new law - SB323 - requires the Louisiana Department of Transportation
and Development to determine whether repair projects will cause
"undo hardship or significant delay" to drivers.
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.
new night hours will be put to use first on the project to expand
eastbound I-10 in Metairie. Night work also will begin in coming
weeks to repave a section of I-10 between Slidell and the Mississippi
these lanes would be a nightmare if it was done during peak hours,"
the law's sponsor, Sen. Art Lentini, R-Kenner, told The New Orleans
Times-Picayune. "This is a good thing for motorists."