IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Safety improvements to the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge are underway this August. Tuesday’s announcement from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) says crews will begin installing new signs along the bridge.

Senate Bill 435, now ACT 426, established the bridge as a highway safety corridor. The law cracks down on speeding by increasing fines and allowing DOTD to install signage and cameras.

DOTD said the three-phase project includes installing “Higher Fines” signs at the bridge approaches and on on-ramps at the Whiskey Bay and Butte LaRose exits, and “Safety Corridor” signs. The second phase includes placing automated radar feedback signs along the length of the bridge. The final phase will be the placement of speed cameras.

A spokesperson from DOTD said drivers should take exactly 18 minutes to cross the bridge at a 60-mile-per-hour rate. The new law, which went into effect on Monday, Aug. 1, doubles fines for drivers caught going too fast.

Cameras are currently being designed, according to DOTD. State transportation officials are working to determine where cameras will be and how DOTD will monitor and enforce fines.

In Tuesday’s announcement, DOTD said, “Local police will not be precluded from enforcing traffic laws on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, and any citations issued by a police officer will take precedence over any camera violations.”

Officials said money from fines will cover the cost of cameras with leftover cash going to Iberville and St. Martin parishes.