Jan 27, 2014 7:43 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Public Works determined to have Lafayette bridges stay open

As round two of cold and icy weather conditions creep closer and closer, State Police say you can expect more troopers patrolling to assist anyone in need of help.

During last week's icy conditions, State Police say they received about 900 calls about incidents involving the weather. They say it's critical to stay home if you can, as reports indicate more rain, ice, and windier conditions are in store.

"I think the biggest thing the public can help us with obviously is to stay home, or if you do have to get on the roadway, take your time drive at a slow speed, as well as observe those bridges or any type of roadway that's elevated that you may cross that potentially could be iced over," said Corporal Paul Mouton who works for Lafayette Police.

Lafayette City Parish President Joey Durel says this time the city will lay sand and salt over its bridges, including those on Camellia, Surrey, and East University. Durel admits it should have been done before.

"It's a lesson learned. We are currently trying to get in touch with Cargill Salt Mine to get a truckload of salt here. We have arranged for spreaders that we either have already or we're going to borrow," said Joey Durel.

"We're going to try to do that in off-peak hours to make sure there is no one on the road hopefully at 4 o' clock in the morning where we can salt those river crossings and make them ready and usable during the day," said Thomas Carroll, who's the director of the Public Works Department in Lafayette.

But even after the ice has melted, State Police say staying off the road will be in your best interest. Troopers advise staying home within the next 48 to 72 hours as a precaution.



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