Louisiana governor signs road work bill

| 7/11/2003

Gov. 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.

The 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.

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 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 line.

"Closing 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."