NEW ORLEANS - The HOV lanes connecting the west bank with the New Orleans east bank will now be open an extra two hours daily.
The lanes had previously shut down from 3 am until 5 am and from 11 am until 1 pm as the direction of traffic was reversed.
The DOTD announced that those two-hour closings will be reduced to one hour beginning Monday, Sept. 30.
The HOV lanes will only be closed from 4 am until 5 am and then from noon until 1 pm daily.
The HOV lanes move traffic from the west bank to the east bank until noon. After 1 pm until 4 am, they move traffic from the east bank to the west bank.
Cars need to have a minimum of two occupants to utilize the HOV lanes.