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DOTD crews begin preps ahead of potential icy road conditions next week

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 23:41:36-05

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is getting ready for the potential of ice over the next several days.

Starting Friday night, DOTD will have crews out scouting the roads, including I-49 and I-10, to make sure there's no ice.

"We're monitoring the weather systems very closely, working with local and state entities."

Deidra Druilhet with DOTD says crews are on standby, with freezing temperatures and possibly ice in the forecast.

"One of the things we've been doing is getting our trucks ready, prepping equipment, fueling up the necessary equipment that we'll need. Also loading salt, mobilizing personnel and equipment from other areas."

Although the department advises everyone to avoid driving during this weather, they encourage you to be aware of road conditions before leaving.

"Look out for the potential for freezing rain, ice or even black ice. A lot of those types of things are unnoticeable at times so we do want them to reduce their speed limit, look out for the other drivers around them, give themselves enough time to get to where they're going."

It's not out of the question for the state to close down the interstates in the interest of public safety. We saw this back in 2014, when the Basin Bridge and portions of I-49 were closed.

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