Jan 24, 2014 9:29 PM by release
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will continue to monitor and respond to winter weather and icy road conditions through the night.
Roads will open to the public once they are safe. Once the temperature gets above freezing, and the roads have time to thaw, roads will be opened. DOTD will do everything possible throughout the night to keep Louisiana's highways and interstate system open. This includes applying de-icing agents such as salt and sand throughout the night and into Saturday morning. However, if roads are deemed unsafe, they will be closed. When the temperature gets above 32 degrees, the roads will still need time to thaw from an extended period of time of below-freezing temperatures and moisture.
Elevated highways and bridges have continued to freeze and pose dangerous driving conditions in many portions of the I-49, I-10 and I-12 coordior as moisture and freezing temperatures bombarded the state.
DOTD crews began sanding, salting and applying other de-icing materials on bridges and major corridors Thursday night through all of Friday. Since most of the impacted areas experienced temperatures well below freezing for most of the day, this prevented the de-icing materials from being able to create traction and caused a majority routes to be closed to traffic for most of the day.
Motorists are reminded not to drive unless it's imperative. If you must drive, use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions. Stay off the roads whenever possible during winter weather and unsafe, icy road conditions.
The following roads have been closed due to impacts from winter weather conditions. Please keep in mind that road closures are subject to change quickly. For the latest updates please visit www.511la.org.
Current road closures due to Winter Weather Event
All bridges in Allen Parish
US 165 at Kinder
The John N. John overpass (US 90) in Crowley
LA 97 at the Jeanie Bridge
I-10 at Mile Marker 78 W/B (Near Crowley)
Jefferson Davis Parish:
All bridges in Jefferson Davis Parish
Lake Arthur Bridge over the Merementau River on LA. 14
All bridges in Beauregard Parish
LA 12 east of DeQuincy
St. Martin Parish:
I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge
I-10 East at Evangeline Hwy (Exit 65)
West Baton Rouge Parish:
LA 1 entrance and exit ramps from I-10 East and West
US 190 West at LA-415 (Lobdell)
I-10 East at LA 415
LA 1 at the Intracoastal Canal Bridge
US 90 Westbound at Ambassador Caffery
I-10 East at Louisiana Ave
LA 3184 north of US 90
I-49 North from Mile Marker 1 to Mile Marker 13
US 90 near Darnall Rd.
US 90 at LA 3212
I-10 East and West at the Atchafalaya Basin
East Baton Rouge Parish:
I-110 North and South closed between I-10/I-110 and US 61 (Scenic Hwy.)
I-10 East between the Mississippi River Bridge and Essen on I-10 (College Drive entrance ramp is open)
I-10 West between Highland and the Mississippi River Bridge
I-12 West between O'Neal and the I-10/I-12 Merge
I-12 East between the I-10/I-12 Split and the Amite River Bridge
Comite Drive Bridge (Carey Rd to Cline Dr)
Central Thruway (S Choctaw Dr to LA73/Greenwell Springs Rd)
North Boulevard Bridge (S12th St to S18th)
Essen Lane Overpass Over I-12 (Archives Ave to Jefferson Hwy)
Siegen Lane Bridge Over KCS RxR (N Mall Dr to Perkins Rd)
LA 64 at LA 67
US 190 at the Amite River Bridge (I'm getting reports they're letting people through)
All bridges in Calcasieu Parish
I-10 East and West is closed between Mile Marker 25 to Mile Marker 34.
I-210 East and West at the Calcasieu River Bridge
I-210 East and West exit ramp to I-10 West (East side) is closed
LA 27 at the Ellender Bridge
LA 27 at the Houston River Bridge
I-10 at Ruth Street (Sulphur)
LA 27 overpass (Beglis Parkway) at I-10
US 171 overpass at I-10
St. Landry Parish:
I-49 North and South is closed from US 190 (Mile Marker 20) to LA 29 (Mile Marker 40).
LA 107 From Big Cane to Morrow
LA 744 at LA 743 (near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center)
Boyce Bridge (LA 8)
I-49 North and South from Exit 80 to Exit 94
Jackson St. Bridge (US 165B)
Richard Thompson LA 8 Boyce Bridge
West Feliciana Parish:
LA 10 from US 61 in West Feliciana Parish to LA 10 Business in Pointe Coupee Parish. This closure includes the John James Audubon Bridge.
LA 10 East and West at Audubon Bridge
Pointe Coupee Parish:
LA 10 from LA 10 Business in Pointe Coupee Parish to US 61 in West Feliciana Parish. This closure includes the John James Audubon Bridge.
LA 42 @ Port Vincent bridge (Livingston side)
LA 42 Amite River Bridge @ Port Vincent, Bridge Closure
LA 16 Amite River Bridge @ French Settlement, Bridge Closure
Magnolia Bridge east of LA 37
LA 22 Bridge over the Tickfaw River
St. James Parish:
LA 3213 South @ Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gramercy Bridge)
I-10 West between US 61 and LA 73
St. John Parish:
LA 3213 North and South at the Veteran's Memorial Bridge (Gramercy Bridge)
LA 70 at the Sunshine Bridge is closed in both directions
I-55 North at I-10
St. Tammany Parish:
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is closed in both directions
US 11 Bridge across Lake Pontchartrain
Fremanux Overpass at I-10
I-55 South at US 51B
US 90 at LA 317
US 90 West at LA 311
LA 182 at the Old Amelia Bridge
As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving. In addition, motorists need to be on the look-out for DOTD work vehicles applying de-icing material to area bridges and overpasses.
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