Sunshine Bridge inspection complete; no lane restrictions

Published 4:19 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that inspection and painting on the Sunshine Bridge (LA 70) in St. James Parish are complete. As a result, there are no longer any travel restrictions in place. Permitted loads had been prohibited from crossing while inspections were taking place.

As an example of how bridge inspections are crucial to Louisiana’s infrastructure, the inspection revealed a crack in one of the 168 vertical structural members of the bridge. The crack resulted in a lane closure and continual monitoring until repairs were made on August 27, a day ahead of schedule.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region for which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please let us know how we may better serve you: Customer Service Survey.