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  • Traffic tools for SWLA

    Traffic tools for SWLA

    Thursday, March 22 2018 6:24 PM EDT2018-03-22 22:24:07 GMT

    Here are some tools to help navigate southwest Louisiana traffic from the DOTD, Louisiana 511, and KPLC app - free downloads for Apple and Android.

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    Here are some tools to help navigate southwest Louisiana traffic from the DOTD, Louisiana 511, and KPLC app - free downloads for Apple and Android.

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    Not something you see every day: Crews remove large swimming pools from 210 bridge

    Not something you see every day: Crews remove large swimming pools from 210 bridge

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:25:17 GMT
    An accident is causing traffic to back up in the 210 westbound lanes, from the bridge to Enterprise Boulevard. (Source: Google Maps)An accident is causing traffic to back up in the 210 westbound lanes, from the bridge to Enterprise Boulevard. (Source: Google Maps)

    Avoid the westbound lanes of 210. Accidents are blocking the lanes. Lake Charles police say there has been an accident involving 18-wheelers at the foot of the bridge. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Avoid the westbound lanes of 210. Accidents are blocking the lanes. Lake Charles police say there has been an accident involving 18-wheelers at the foot of the bridge. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Gridlock in Lake Charles: School board says school buses may be delayed

    Gridlock in Lake Charles: School board says school buses may be delayed

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:21:08 GMT
    Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)
    Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)
    With traffic nearly brought to a halt throughout Lake Charles, officials with the Calcasieu Parish School Board are saying school buses may be delayed. There is gridlock throughout the city, the result of a crash on 210 earlier and maintenance being done on I-10. In addition to both interstates being congested, there is also congestion on U.S. 171 north between Moss Bluff and I-10. Calcasieu Parish School Board Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    With traffic nearly brought to a halt throughout Lake Charles, officials with the Calcasieu Parish School Board are saying school buses may be delayed. There is gridlock throughout the city, the result of a crash on 210 earlier and maintenance being done on I-10. In addition to both interstates being congested, there is also congestion on U.S. 171 north between Moss Bluff and I-10. Calcasieu Parish School Board Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Trash pickup may be delayed due to I-10 bridge project

    Trash pickup may be delayed due to I-10 bridge project

    Thursday, March 15 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-03-15 19:42:34 GMT
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)
    City of Sulphur has lifted the precautionary boil advisory. (Source KPLC)City of Sulphur has lifted the precautionary boil advisory. (Source KPLC)

    Trash pickup may be delayed due to traffic congestion associated with the I-10 bridge project.  According to a press release from the city of Sulphur, the city asks that while the project is underway residents bring cans and any excess trash to the road the night before their normal trash day and leave at the road until it is picked up. If your trash is not picked up on your scheduled day, the city asks that you report the issue by calling 337-527-4500 or by using the Acti...

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    Trash pickup may be delayed due to traffic congestion associated with the I-10 bridge project.  According to a press release from the city of Sulphur, the city asks that while the project is underway residents bring cans and any excess trash to the road the night before their normal trash day and leave at the road until it is picked up. If your trash is not picked up on your scheduled day, the city asks that you report the issue by calling 337-527-4500 or by using the Acti...

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  • City of Sulphur urges drivers to avoid Maplewood Drive as alternate route, says trash pickup may be delayed

    City of Sulphur urges drivers to avoid Maplewood Drive as alternate route, says trash pickup may be delayed

    Thursday, March 8 2018 4:11 PM EST2018-03-08 21:11:22 GMT
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)
    City of Sulphur has lifted the precautionary boil advisory. (Source KPLC)City of Sulphur has lifted the precautionary boil advisory. (Source KPLC)

    Trash pickup in Sulphur by Republic Services may be delayed due to the congestion caused by I-10 bridge construction, according to Kaitlyn Gallegos, spokesperson for the City of Sulphur.  Sulphur residents are asked to bring their trash cans to the road the night before normal trash day. If your trash is not picked up on schedule you are asked to call 337-527-4500 or click HERE.  Mayor Chris Duncan is also asking motorists to use the main roads in Sulphur and avoid using M...

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    Trash pickup in Sulphur by Republic Services may be delayed due to the congestion caused by I-10 bridge construction, according to Kaitlyn Gallegos, spokesperson for the City of Sulphur.  Sulphur residents are asked to bring their trash cans to the road the night before normal trash day. If your trash is not picked up on schedule you are asked to call 337-527-4500 or click HERE.  Mayor Chris Duncan is also asking motorists to use the main roads in Sulphur and avoid using M...

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  • Sulphur launches new effort to ease traffic issues in Maplewood

    Sulphur launches new effort to ease traffic issues in Maplewood

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 11:57 PM EDT2018-03-22 03:57:16 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Sulphur city officials on Wednesday announced a new effort to reduce the traffic problems in the Maplewood area associated with the I-10 construction according to a news release.  Beginning today employees of the Sulphur Police Department, Sulphur Fire Department, and Public Works Department will direct traffic in the Maplewood area. The following conditions will be in effect between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, or while traffic congestion persists: If you are traveling

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    Sulphur city officials on Wednesday announced a new effort to reduce the traffic problems in the Maplewood area associated with the I-10 construction according to a news release.  Beginning today employees of the Sulphur Police Department, Sulphur Fire Department, and Public Works Department will direct traffic in the Maplewood area. The following conditions will be in effect between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, or while traffic congestion persists: If you are traveling

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  • Sulphur city councilman requesting meeting with industry leaders and DOTD over traffic issues

    Sulphur city councilman requesting meeting with industry leaders and DOTD over traffic issues

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 11:44 AM EDT2018-03-21 15:44:55 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    It's been over two weeks of traffic and congestion for those who live on Maplewood Drive in Sulphur, and they say things aren't getting any better.  One Sulphur city councilman lives on that street, and is trying to change things.  While Stuart Moss thought the traffic was easing up Tuesday afternoon, he spoke too soon.  He lives on Maplewood Drive, and says despite putting up signs and police writing tickets, traffic has only gotten worse.  "The traf...

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    It's been over two weeks of traffic and congestion for those who live on Maplewood Drive in Sulphur, and they say things aren't getting any better.  One Sulphur city councilman lives on that street, and is trying to change things.  While Stuart Moss thought the traffic was easing up Tuesday afternoon, he spoke too soon.  He lives on Maplewood Drive, and says despite putting up signs and police writing tickets, traffic has only gotten worse.  "The traf...

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  • Where are the I-10 construction workers?

    Where are the I-10 construction workers?

    Tuesday, March 20 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-03-20 23:50:44 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Construction on the I-10 bridge began March 3, but drivers are saying they aren't seeing any work getting done. According to Rodney Mallett with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, that's because workers are underneath the bridge. They are replacing bearing and joints, among other things, across a 5-mile stretch of the interstate. That is also the reason the eastbound inside lane is blocked off, for the safety of the workers underneath the bridge as w...

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    Construction on the I-10 bridge began March 3, but drivers are saying they aren't seeing any work getting done. According to Rodney Mallett with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, that's because workers are underneath the bridge. They are replacing bearing and joints, among other things, across a 5-mile stretch of the interstate. That is also the reason the eastbound inside lane is blocked off, for the safety of the workers underneath the bridge as w...

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  • I-10 bridge construction causing major delays

    I-10 bridge construction causing major delays

    Tuesday, March 6 2018 12:50 PM EST2018-03-06 17:50:02 GMT
    Traffic on the I-10 bridgeTraffic on the I-10 bridge
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    All eyes are on I-10 as bridge work continues to slow things down. "it's bad, just bad," said Frederick Cummings. "That one lane, real bad, it takes 4 hours to just get across." Cummings drives over the I-10 bridge at least once a week, hauling from Florida to Lake Charles for work. It took him 45 minutes to get over the bridge around 3 p.m.  "When you're driving trucks, its a mess, with cars jumping in, cutting you off and you have to stay o...

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    All eyes are on I-10 as bridge work continues to slow things down. "it's bad, just bad," said Frederick Cummings. "That one lane, real bad, it takes 4 hours to just get across." Cummings drives over the I-10 bridge at least once a week, hauling from Florida to Lake Charles for work. It took him 45 minutes to get over the bridge around 3 p.m.  "When you're driving trucks, its a mess, with cars jumping in, cutting you off and you have to stay o...

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  • Rules for sharing the road with school buses

    Rules for sharing the road with school buses

    Friday, March 16 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-03-16 21:04:51 GMT
    (Source: LA DOTD)(Source: LA DOTD)
    (Source: LA DOTD)(Source: LA DOTD)

    While school buses are one of the most common and safest modes of transportation for students, there are still accidents related to school buses that happen every year.

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    While school buses are one of the most common and safest modes of transportation for students, there are still accidents related to school buses that happen every year.

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  • Bayou Pipeline work affects local highways

    Bayou Pipeline work affects local highways

    Friday, March 16 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-03-16 21:01:50 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Expect to see intermittent road closures in both Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parishes due to construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.  Workers will be placing pipeline in those parishes between March 15th and August 31st, 2018. Work will proceed in a general west to east direction. It will impact the following routes in Calcasieu at isolated locations: LA 384, LA 3092, LA 385, LA 397, and LA 14.  In Jeff Davis Parish,   DOTD reports pipeline construction will ...

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    Expect to see intermittent road closures in both Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parishes due to construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.  Workers will be placing pipeline in those parishes between March 15th and August 31st, 2018. Work will proceed in a general west to east direction. It will impact the following routes in Calcasieu at isolated locations: LA 384, LA 3092, LA 385, LA 397, and LA 14.  In Jeff Davis Parish,   DOTD reports pipeline construction will ...

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  • Additional detour signs posted to alleviate Sulphur traffic

    Additional detour signs posted to alleviate Sulphur traffic

    Friday, March 16 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-03-16 20:38:07 GMT
    New detour signage along Hwy. 90 in Sulphur. (Source: Mayor Chris Duncan)New detour signage along Hwy. 90 in Sulphur. (Source: Mayor Chris Duncan)
    New detour signage along Hwy. 90 in Sulphur. (Source: Mayor Chris Duncan)New detour signage along Hwy. 90 in Sulphur. (Source: Mayor Chris Duncan)

    In an effort to relieve some of the traffic headaches created by I-10 bridge work, Sulphur requested additional signage from the Department of Transportation and Development. Mayor Chris Duncan says the city asked for detour signs to clearly mark Highway 90 in Sulphur as a detour option for interstate traffic.  A day later, alternate routes signs were spotted along Cities Service Highway at Maplewood Drive and Cities Service Highway.   City of Sulphur Copy...

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    In an effort to relieve some of the traffic headaches created by I-10 bridge work, Sulphur requested additional signage from the Department of Transportation and Development. Mayor Chris Duncan says the city asked for detour signs to clearly mark Highway 90 in Sulphur as a detour option for interstate traffic.  A day later, alternate routes signs were spotted along Cities Service Highway at Maplewood Drive and Cities Service Highway.   City of Sulphur Copy...

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  • DOTD suggests truck traffic detour to I-210 in Lake Charles

    DOTD suggests truck traffic detour to I-210 in Lake Charles

    Tuesday, March 13 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-03-13 21:43:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Department of Transportation is suggesting that eastbound truck traffic approaching Lake Charles re-route to I-210 eastbound. Passenger vehicles are not requested to detour.

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    The Department of Transportation is suggesting that eastbound truck traffic approaching Lake Charles re-route to I-210 eastbound. Passenger vehicles are not requested to detour.

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  • LSP busts man in Vernon Parish for human trafficking

    LSP busts man in Vernon Parish for human trafficking

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-04-25 17:52:21 GMT
    (Source: LSP)(Source: LSP)
    (Source: LSP)(Source: LSP)
    Louisiana State Police arrested a man and charged him with human trafficking, according to LSP Public Affairs spokesperson Daniel Moreau.  Moreau says, last night around 9 p.m., an LSP Troop E trooper stopped a 2005 Toyota Sequoia on La. 8 near Leesville. The Toyota driver's violations include an obstructed license plate improper lane usage.   The driver was Douglas Zabala Cubillan, 45, of Duluth, Georgia. Inside of the car with Cubillan were nine illegal aliens, Moreau sa...More >>
    Louisiana State Police arrested a man and charged him with human trafficking, according to LSP Public Affairs spokesperson Daniel Moreau.  Moreau says, last night around 9 p.m., an LSP Troop E trooper stopped a 2005 Toyota Sequoia on La. 8 near Leesville. The Toyota driver's violations include an obstructed license plate improper lane usage.   The driver was Douglas Zabala Cubillan, 45, of Duluth, Georgia. Inside of the car with Cubillan were nine illegal aliens, Moreau sa...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers arriving tonight, then more sunshine to finish the week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers arriving tonight, then more sunshine to finish the week

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:44 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:44:51 GMT
    Showers arrive late tonightShowers arrive late tonight
    Showers arrive late tonightShowers arrive late tonight

    For the rest of today, it will be very nice to get outside. There will be plenty of sunshine and very warm temperatures. Highs will be in the lower to mid 80s! This will be one of the warmest days we’ve had so far this year! Later by this evening, temperatures will still be warm, but a few clouds will be increasing. Especially after sunset. This is ahead of our next cold front that will come through tonight. Tonight, there is a good chance we see some rain. 

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    For the rest of today, it will be very nice to get outside. There will be plenty of sunshine and very warm temperatures. Highs will be in the lower to mid 80s! This will be one of the warmest days we’ve had so far this year! Later by this evening, temperatures will still be warm, but a few clouds will be increasing. Especially after sunset. This is ahead of our next cold front that will come through tonight. Tonight, there is a good chance we see some rain. 

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  • Drug take back event scheduled for Lake Charles

    Drug take back event scheduled for Lake Charles

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:08 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:08:58 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Lake Charles residents will get a chance to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Lake Charles Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a drug take back event on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your pills for disposal to the Lake Charles Civic Center at 900 Lakeshore Dr.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions as...

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    Lake Charles residents will get a chance to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Lake Charles Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a drug take back event on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your pills for disposal to the Lake Charles Civic Center at 900 Lakeshore Dr.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions as...

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