ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. (WGNO) — Officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced on Friday, Nov. 10, that both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 55 are expected to reopen starting the week of Nov. 13.

The lanes were previously closed for repairs following a pileup on Monday, Oct. 23, involving 168 vehicles and causing seven deaths.

Officials with the DOTD say the southbound lanes will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 12, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Drivers will be detoured at exit 22 near the Service Road onto Old US 51. Entrance will be at I-55 southbound toward New Orleans at exit 7 near Ruddock.

To stay up to date with repairs, drivers are encouraged to watch the DOTD website. Out-of-state drivers can call 1-888-762-3511 for the latest construction update.

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