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August 24, 2015
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    According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), the West Larose Vertical Lift Span Bridge (aka the Intracoastal Bridge on LA 1 in Larose) will be completely closed to motorists beginning Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. through November 30, 2015.

    The closing is required to allow the contractor to raise the bridge, remove the old painting system, and repaint the structure towers and main span. Officials with DOTD have stated that the bridge will be made operational should a tropical storm move into the Gulf with any path near the Louisiana coast.

    DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

    A NOTE FROM THE GREATER LAFOURCHE PORT COMMISSION: This full bridge closure will completely shut down the Intracoastal Bridge on LA 1 to vehicular traffic for a period of three (3) months. All vehicular traffic will be detoured to Highway 308 for the duration of this closure. Please be aware that with Highway 308 as the sole land route available for crossing the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose and traveling to all points beyond in South Lafourche, the entire community will experience traffic issues, especially at high-volume choke points like intersections and bridges. This in turn may affect deliveries to your facilities in Port Fourchon. Please plan deliveries to Fourchon accordingly and consider changing delivery times to avoid school and rush hour traffic peaks.

    The Corps of Engineers dredge began maintenance dredging in Belle Pass on Friday, August 21st.

    The dredge will be working approximately 3-4 weeks to complete work on the lower channel, with an additional 1-2 weeks on the optional work further up the channel. Weather and traffic could extend the timeframe. The Port Commission and Port Fourchon Harbor Police are working with the Corps and dredging contractor Weeks Marine to ensure that this dredging project goes smoothly, with as little interruption to vessel traffic as possible.

    For the duration of the project, the dredging work area will be designated as a safety zone within 500 feet of the dredge. Mariners must travel at their lowest safe speed to minimize wake and ensure operational safety. Please be aware of the numerous work and support vessels associated with this project as well as floating and submerged dredge pipelines depositing dredged material west of Belle Pass.

    Expect intermittent channel closures and some delay in vessel movements through the dredging area. Contact the dredge or Port Fourchon Harbor Police at VHF channel 13 for passing arrangements. Harbor Police Marine Patrol will be on scene to facilitate movements through the safety zone when necessary.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation in getting this maintenance dredging completed in a safe and timely manner.

    Coastal Dredging will be working on a dredging project for 60-90 days in Bayou Lafourche outside of the channel in the area just north of C-Port 1.

    For the duration of the project, please use caution in the dredging area.

    DOTD road construction on Highway 3090 (also known as A.O. Rappelet Road or Fourchon Road) began Friday, August 21, 2015. This DOTD project includes spots of single-lane traffic for drainage and road base work, followed by a complete overlay of Hwy. 3090. Delays should be minimal. Please use caution in areas where flagmen are directing traffic.

    Thank you for your patience during this road improvement project.

    The South Lafourche Levee District advises that both the Ted Gisclair Floodgate in Larose and the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow are open at this time.

    Extreme caution is advised when traveling through the floodgates. The Captain should always proceed under the direction of the Lock Master. Any damages will become the responsibility of the boat owner.

    Please be aware that whenever high tides occur, either or both floodgates may close at any time without notice. Updates on both floodgates may be obtained at www.slld.org or by calling the South Lafourche Levee District office at (985) 632-7554.

    To sign up to receive updates on road construction and other issues affecting port users, CLICK HERE for a printable Public Information Update form.

Looking for more information?

  • Call the Port’s Public Information Line at 985-798-5335, or toll-free at 866-600-7803.

  • Click here for the South Lafourche Levee District website to get the latest information on the Larose and Golden Meadow floodgates and lock operations.

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