Oversize, overweight prohibitions abound in Louisiana

| 11/22/2006

Both spans of the Interstate 10 Twinspan Bridge between Slidell and New Orleans have been closed to all oversize and overweight permit loads until further notice.

Louisiana Transportation Secretary Johnny Bradberry announced the closure last week. According to a LaDOT press release, officials believe speeders - especially overweight and speeding trucks - are destroying the temporary panels used to repair the westbound bridge.

The Louisiana State Police and the DOT's Weights and Standards Division have been asked to increase traffic enforcement in the area.

The weight limit for 18-wheelers traveling westbound is 70,000 pounds. Loads weighing more than 70,000 pounds but less than 90,000 pounds can use the nearby Causeway Bridge as an alternate route. All other loads must use Interstate 55.

The weight limit eastbound is 80,000 pounds.

Additionally Bradberry declared that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bradberry said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety's Office of State Police in order to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during this holiday.

Rick Craig, director of regulatory affairs for OOIDA, said that for several years, most states have prohibited permitted loads - including oversize and overweight trucks - during holidays or over holiday weekends.

- By Aaron Ladage, staff editor