GROSSE TETE, LA – LADOTD has a great treat for Louisiana travelers this Labor Day weekend!

If you are headed from Baton Rouge to visit your family in Lafayette, or perhaps making a trip from Breaux Bridge to deliver some legit Cajun sausages to your relatives in Hammond, expect delays as the Basin Bridge will hold their 45th annual demolition derby.



Although the contestants have not been announced, early contenders have emerged. At approximately 6:30pm on Sunday, a Honda Civic driven by Bonnie Aucoin from Henderson is expected to cut in front of Harry Gonzalez from San Antonio, who is driving an 18-wheeler full of avocados headed towards Jacksonville, Fl.

This should tie up the east-bound lane for at least 5 hours, and divert LSU-bound traffic to 190 – much to the delight of the Krotz Springs and Port Barre police departments.

West-bound traffic will then come to a complete snarl as Kyle from Crowley makes his way back from a night at the Baton Rouge casinos. He’s expected to take out a Prius shortly before the Henderson exit, backing up the bridge all the way to Ramah. As a bit of lagniappe, a tanker truck will explode just as traffic begins to clear.



Spokesman for the annual event Harvey Boudreaux said that he’s expecting a feisty-as-ever competition.

“This is the 45th year and it’s as action-packed as ever”, he said, “We really have to thank the development of smart phones and social media for that, as well as the ever-increasing need to get to a destination faster and faster. Pair the two together and you’re going to see the biggest and best demolition derby yet.”

Congestion is expected to clear sometime after Wednesday’s morning rush hour, but pack some extra food and a fishing pole just in case.

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