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DOTD tips to make debris pickup on state route more efficient, some parishes may start this weekend

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) would like to remind residents in the capital region affected by Hurricane Ida to move their hurricane debris to the edge of the roadway when it is safe to do so. DOTD crews are continuing to cut and push in order to open and clear state roadways. This must be done before debris can be removed. Also, debris removal contractors must ensure that power lines and other hazards will not impact the removal process. Landfills must be re-opened and in working order to receive the debris. DOTD and its contractors are working diligently with these partners to begin as quickly and safely as possible.

Because of the large amount of debris and damage caused by Ida, this process could take some time and there will be multiple sweeps for debris removal. Contracts are in place and it is possible some crews can begin removing debris as early as Saturday, September 4, in Assumption, Ascension and St. James Parishes.

Operations will be ramping up in the days to come in additional parishes and should follow the same steps to help the process.

Here are some important tips for assisting in the debris removal process:

  • State contractors are only able to remove debris from state right-of-way.
  • Do not push debris into the roadway. Multiple sweeps will allow debris that cannot fit at one time to be removed.
  • Please don’t put debris on power lines, fire hydrants, utility stub-outs, or anything that would hinder the claw that grabs the debris. Multiple sweeps will pick up what may not fit initially.
  • Construction and demolition debris, as well as vegetative debris, are some of the items traditionally picked up first.
  • Debris on commercial, agricultural, and undeveloped properties will not be removed.
  • Dark-colored bagged debris will not be removed.
  • Certain debris, such as refrigerators and freezers, engines, and other materials that have to be disposed of in a different manner may be picked up at a separate time and/or sweep.

Please be patient as we pick up debris in the impacted areas. Also, you can check www.511la.org for the latest statistical information, debris routes where there has been a pass, and where planned debris pickup is scheduled.

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