December 2, 2013 9:19 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A plan is currently being developed to help reduce accidents on one of the most dangerous intersections in Opelousas. The Daily World reports the Interstate 49 interchange at U.S. 190 has been the scene of 44 accidents with injuries in the past few years, several of... more »
November 18, 2013 5:13 AM
Early Monday morning, just after 2:30 a.m., an 18-wheeler overturned in Carencro. The incident occurred on I-49 near East Gloria Switch Road. There were other vehicles involved with injuries, but there are no fatalities involved in this crash.
February 8, 2012 11:07 PM
"There is not more being done with less," St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot said about state highways. "We need to have full disclosure with the public that we need more resources for transportation."
Bill Fontenot is a former DOTD District Engineer and now, the St. Landry Parish President.... more »
December 12, 2011 11:53 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport newspaper's review of costs associated with the three most complete sections of the Interstate 49 North extension in Louisiana finds at least $8 million in extra expenses, often because of planning errors. The sections at issue are part of a 36-mile extension of the... more »
October 16, 2011 11:57 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Work will begin Monday on concrete patching and related work along Interstate 49 in Rapides and Natchitoches parishes. The Town Talk reported (http://bit.ly/pxGGkv ) the construction will be done between the intersections of Louisiana Highway 181 and Louisiana Highway 485 on both northbound and southbound lanes.... more »
September 13, 2011 7:29 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria police have released the name of a woman who was hit and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 49 Saturday. The Town Talk reports 21-year-old Ashley Quinn of Pineville died after she was struck by a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Lakeisha Chandler of Colfax around... more »
June 30, 2011 7:28 AM
An overturned truck has blocked all north bound lanes of 1-49 near sunset-- details are mininmal at this time-- officers are on the scene directing traffic around the accident. We'll have more throughout the morning.
You can also call 511 for information on traffic around the accident.
June 19, 2011 12:30 PM
One person is dead after a two vehicle crash on I-10 Saturday night.
The accident happened near the I-10, I-49 interchange at exit 103-A around 11:00. Investigators say a vehicle was traveling west bound on I-10 and lost control, crossed the median, and struck a jeep on I-10 Eastbound... more »
May 28, 2011 9:30 PM
Two people are dead after a single vehicle accident and police are still searching for the driver.
The accident happened at milepost 42 in northern St. Landry Parish just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Troopers say the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, entered the grass median,... more »
April 18, 2011 7:19 PM
Starting today, drivers along rural sections of I-49 will be able to press the gas a little harder.
For twelve years, Tom Rutherford has been traveling the roads in his big rig. Many of those trips along I-49 near Ville-Platte northward to Shreveport.
"If the speed limit is 75,... more »
April 18, 2011 3:31 PM
Do you think the speed limit should be increased from 70 to 75 MPH on rural sections of I-49 from mile-marker 23 near Ville Platte on northward to Shreveport? We want to hear your rant! E-mail email@example.com.
We could air your rant tonight at 10.
April 17, 2011 1:55 PM
An early morning accident claims the life of an Opelousas man.
Just after 5am Sunday morning, a vehicle traveling south on I-49, north of Sunset, lost control, flipping over several times. The front passenger was unrestrained and was ejected from the vehicle. The passenger came to a rest in... more »
February 17, 2011 8:37 AM
I- 49 Southbound exit ramp at highway 93 in Sunset will be closed today. It will close at 6 this evening and remain closed until 2 Saturday afternoon. The closure is necessary while crews repair concrete.
February 4, 2011 2:03 AM
The National Weather Service out of Lake Charles is reporting that several portions of I-49 in Rapides Parish is closed.
1-49 from exits 80 to 94 as well as elevated portions of I-49 through Alexandria have been closed. The Gillis Long Bridge has been closed as well, but the... more »
January 23, 2011 1:19 PM
A three month old is dead after a single vehicle accident on I-49 Saturday.
A van carrying 10 people...four adults and six children flipped over after the driver lost control. Everyone inside was ejected from the van including a three month old child. Two people were listed in critical... more »
December 17, 2010 11:45 PM
Drive through Lafayette- down Johnston Street or US 90 and it seems to take forever to get from here to there. For years, the state has planned to improve the infrastructure but the money just isn't there. Now, highway experts are looking to tap into a new source of funding....... more »
December 17, 2010 9:27 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission is exploring the possibility of collecting tolls to fund the completion of Interstate 49 through Lafayette. Commission member Elaine Abell tells The Advocate that the panel will study whether traffic volumes would generate enough toll revenue to upgrade U.S. 90 to... more »
September 7, 2010 1:45 PM
Interstate 49 will be reduced to one lane in the southbound direction near the US 190 interchange, in St. Landry Parish for sign construction beginning Tuesday night, September 7, 2010 through Thursday morning, September 9, 2010. One lane will be closed near mile marker 19 between the hours of 8:00... more »
August 15, 2010 6:38 PM
The identity of the Abbeville man killed in a highway accident Saturday in Carencro has now been released as 48-year-old Clarence Matthews.
Troopers say a truck was on the shoulder of I-49 near milepost five, when a gray vehicle hit another vehicle, which hit Matthews and two others. Matthews... more »
August 14, 2010 6:42 PM
One person is dead after a hit and run in Lafayette.
It happened on I-49 near mile post five, south of 182 around 1:30 this afternoon. Troopers say, three people were standing on the shoulder near their broken down vehicle, when another car hit one person who... more »
August 11, 2010 7:27 PM
The overturned tanker which was leaking a mixture of chemicals near I-49 still has the highway closed.
HazMat crews are siphoning the chemicals from the overturned tanker to another tanker called down from Northern Louisiana.
Police expect the interstate to remain closed into the early hours of Wednesday... more »
August 11, 2010 12:00 PM
I-49 Northbound has been shut down from Pont de Mouton to Gloria Switch Road.
A truck carrying a mixture of flammable liquids flipped at around 11-AM Wednesday morning, leaking its cargo onto Frontage road.
State Police, Lafayette Sheriffs Depuites and Lafayette Police have I-49 blocked-off as Lafayette firefighters... more »
January 21, 2010 3:41 PM
Carencro- Today, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash in which a Lafayette man was killed when he was struck by an 18-wheeler on I-49 northbound near milepost 7.5.
Killed in the crash was twenty nine year old William Guillory of Lafayette. Guillory was walking north on... more »
December 15, 2009 6:47 PM
Acadiana is getting $29 million for three transportation projects. The shovel ready projects were already planned for two or three years from now, but the state came up with a plan to free-up money and start the projects in 2010. A St. Landry Parish project is one of three on... more »
November 9, 2009 8:51 AM
Starting this morning at 8, LA 1252, about five and a half miles east of the I-49 frontage road in Lafayette parish, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs. The closure will be in effect until five this afternoon and will also take place tomorrow (November 10) from... more »
October 20, 2009 8:38 AM
LA 182, or Union Street, will be closed 4 miles north of its intersection with US 190 in Opelousas for railroad repairs. Work should last from 8 until 5 today (Tuesday, October 20). The left lane of I-49 in the southbound direction from I-10 to a half mile south of... more »
October 13, 2009 11:46 PM
A coulee in Lafayette Parish is causing properties to shift even sink, creating dangerous conditions for some residents. The coulee in question is Coulee Bend. It runs along I-10 crossing Moss street, moving west past I-49 then north through Acadian Hills Country Club. Little by little, Dorothy Dutile is losing... more »
September 30, 2009 8:11 AM
The left lane of I-49, in the southbound direction from I-10 to the Pont des Mouton exit ramp, will be closed for guard rail work. It will be closed tonight (Wednesday, September 30) beginning at 8:00 p.m. and should re-open at 6 o'clock tomorrow morning (October 1).