DOTD announces upcoming Sunshine Bridge lane closures

Published 10:27 am Monday, June 19, 2023

St. James Parish- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces upcoming lane closures on the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish. Beginning Wednesday, June 21 to Friday, June 23, the outside lanes of the eastbound and westbound lanes will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order for crews to install gauges on the bridge for testing.

In August 2022, the Sunshine Bridge was closed after bridge inspectors discovered a significant crack on one of the vertical structural members, which prompted an emergency closure of the westbound right lane. The crack was repaired shortly after the closure. The installation of these gauges will help crews determine what caused the crack and aid in identifying any potential new cracks.

The bridge continues to be monitored and remains safe for traveling.

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.