UPDATE 1/4/23 8:30 p.m.: DOTD Spokesperson Deidra Druilhet said the left lane of eastbound I-10 has opened for traffic this evening.
The right lane remains blocked, Druilhet said.
Motorists traveling on I-10 east should look for alternate routes to help alleviate the traffic flow.
“We are encouraging traffic that is traveling I-10 eastbound, if they could maybe take an exit prior to it,” she said.
No information is available on when both lanes will re-open.
UPDATE 1/4/23 8 a.m.: Louisiana Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson tweeted Tuesday that all lanes of I-10 eastbound will remain closed until load testing is done Wednesday. Wilson said the boom of an excavator was improperly positioned and hit the bridge structures.
UPDATE 1/3/22 6:22 p.m.: The I-10 eastbound bridge at the Evangeline Thruway will be closed for the remainder of the night and two out of the three northbound lanes of Evangeline Thruway will also be closed.
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ORIGINAL 1/3/22 3:21 P.M.: LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – According to Lafayette Police Department, I-10 Eastbound is currently shut down near Evangeline Thruway.
I-10 Eastbound is shutdown due to structural damage from an 18-wheeler hitting the bridge while traveling northbound.
Eastbound traffic is being diverted southbound on I-49.