Pontchartrain Expressway lane reconfiguration goes into effect Tuesday morning

Posted on: November 17 2015

By Diana Samuels, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The westbound portion of U.S. 90B/Pontchartrain Expressway near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went back to being three lanes Tuesday morning (Nov. 17).

The reconfiguration, re-striping the expressway to make it three lanes instead of two, is part of a $3.6 million project to improve Interstate 10 traffic flow in the area. The project also includes ramp metering.

That stretch of the expressway was previously three lanes, but was reduced to two in 2010 in an effort to reduce the number of accidents.

"It is very important that motorists pay attention to the new striping and signing as the lane reconfiguration will go into effect in time for the Tuesday morning peak hour commute," DOTD officials said in a statement.

Alternating single-lane closures are scheduled for the next few days: From Nov. 17 through Nov. 19, the closures will begin at 9:15 p.m. and last through 5:15 a.m. the next morning. On Nov. 20 the closures will begin at 10:45 p.m. and end at 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 21.