Louisiana Owner Operator Jobs

TS-image-78052865The owner operator in Louisiana may notice that roads there are getting better. Since January, 2008 the state has spent $4.1 billion on infrastructure improvements, with more work planned. Projects have been completed on about 4,000 miles of roadway.

With 13 interstate highways in the state, road maintenance and improvement is a big job. Six of the interstates are major arteries, including I-59, I-55, I-49, I-20, I-12 and I-10. Accordingly, most of those interstates were included in the improvement package recently completed. With I-49 funding approved, the plan to connect Kansas City directly to New Orleans via US 71 is moving forward.

Since so much infrastructure was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana was able to make much-needed upgrades to bridges and roadways in the New Orleans area. A new $803 million six-lane bridge across Lake Pontchartrain was completed in September. The new bridge is taller and sturdier than the previous structure. Thanks to the ongoing investment in roads, New Orleans moved from 35th most congested down to 45th place. Baton Rouge improved ten places.

There are three tunnels in the state, and certain loads are always prohibited from the tunnels. These include hazardous or flammable materials, oversize and overweight loads.

Thanks to its geography and proximity to many major bodies of water, Louisiana has 13,361 highway bridges. With 12.9 percent of those bridges rated structurally deficient, many bridges have either an advisory weight limit or a mandatory weight limit. The fine for violating mandatory limits starts at $100 and is calculated based on the difference between the posted and actual weight of the truck and load.

Louisiana has an enormous amount of exemptions to weight and other load limits. Many are based on specific type of load, such as rice, logs, or cargo containers.

The state also has a variety of curfews and restrictions on moving permitted loads. Loads over 16 feet wide are forbidden from using the interstates, and there are other local restrictions in place based on load width. In general, specially permitted loads are restricted to daytime movement. They may also be forbidden from moving in inclement weather or on some holidays. There are other restrictions in place as well, so it’s best to consult with the appropriate authorities.

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