SATSUMA – A section of Interstate 12 near Satsuma and its exits will be affected next week by two state Department of Transportation & Development projects, a DOTD engineer said.

Both projects will run at night from Wednesday, May 17, to Friday, May 19, according to Kris Wascom, DOTD project engineer with the District 62 office in Hammond.

I-12, both eastbound and westbound, will be reduced to single lanes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from one mile west of Satsuma to a half-mile east of Satsuma, Wascom said.

One lane will remain open in each direction at all times, he said.

Workers will install a temporary detour lane, perform cold planing and install new asphalt pavement on existing travel lanes and install temporary concrete barriers and temporary pavement markings.

Motorists can take U.S. 190 as an alternate route to avoid the nightly lane closures, he said.

For the second project at the Satsuma interchange (Exit 19), the on-ramps and off-ramps, both eastbound and westbound, will be closed intermittently from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Wascom said. 

This closure will allow crews to install temporary pavement markers and shift traffic, he said.

Motorists traveling west can exit I-12 at La. 63 (Exit 22) in Livingston, and take U.S. 190 to reconnect with South Satsuma Road.

Motorists traveling east can exit I-12 via Walker South Road, (La. 447, Exit 15) and take U.S. 190 to reconnect with South Satsuma Road.

Motorists also can take U.S. 190 as an alternate route to avoid the nightly lane closures.

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Kevin Fambrough is a reporter at the Livingston Parish News. He can be reached at kevinf@livingstonparishnews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @fambroughkevin.

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