Roadways across Acadiana are beginning to close as freezing rain continues to fall and ice forms on overpasses, bridges and some surfaces.
KATC has compiled a list of some of the roadways that are being closed by state and parish officials:
I-10 / I-49 closures
I-10 westbound at LA Hwy 415 and I-10 eastbound at I-49 are remain closed due to icy conditions. As of Tuesday, February 16, I-10 from I-49 to Baton Rouge remains closed. Many portions of the roadway are still coated in ice making travel dangerous.
State Police say that the new bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge was shut down and remains closed. Travelers would have to divert onto La 415 and make their way to the old bridge.
Icing is taking place on I-10 as well as US 90 west from the Sulphur area to the LA / TX state line. State Police were investigating several crashes on both of those roadways and are urging motorists to “NOT” travel unnecessarily at this time due to current roadway conditions.
Please visit www.511la.org or visit the 511 mobile app for the most up to date road conditions or road closures. You may also call 511 within Louisiana.
2/16/21 as of 3 p.m.: The pontoon bridge in Estherwood is now open
The following roads have either ice or ice patches on them, making them dangerous to travel. Please use caution or find an alternate route.
*Vidrine Rd btw Ville Platte and Hwy 13 (Hwy 10)
*US Hwy 167 N btw Ville Platte and Turkey Creek
*Pine Point Rd (Hwy 1161)
*Grand Prairie Rd (Hwy 748)
Evangeline Parish Officials are encouraging residents to stay off the roads as much as possible for the next few days. With the below freezing temperatures and falling rain/sleet/snow, the roads will be very icy. If you slide off the road into the ditch, it may be difficult for emergency personnel to reach you. If you must travel for work, you may want to talk to your boss first and explain the road conditions in your area. Emergency agencies cannot advise employees if they have to go to work or not. State road closures are posted on 511la.org.
The overpasses on Hwy 90 in Iberia Parish are now open.
All roadways in the city limits of New Iberia is open. Center Street at US 90 is also now open.
Jeff Davis Parish
Lake Arthur Police Department would like to caution citizens against any unnecessary traveling during this unprecedented winter weather event. Road conditions are deteriorating and will continue to do so over the next few hours. In an effort to maintain the safety of our citizens and first responders we ask that you stay off the roadways unless it is an emergency situation. We understand that some individuals will have to travel to and from work during this time. Please slow down and be extremely cautious while driving. Failure to limit travel may result in extended wait times before emergency personnel can reach you.
On Tuesday, February 16, most roads in Lafayette Parish were back open.
For a look at closed/opened roadways in Lafayette parish, click here.
St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Parish's president, sheriff, mayors, and chiefs of Police are encouraging all residents not to drive over the next few days until the roads thaw. Driving conditions will be dangerous as ice forms on the road.
(Tuesday at 6:00 am) - Black Ice is still possible on parish roads this morning. Please use caution when driving. There are reports of ice on the road.
- Bayridge Road off I-49N currently has ice on it. Please avoid if possible.
St. Martin Parish
From the Sheriff's Office: Please do not attempt to bypass barricades that are put in place, they are there to keep you safe. Please DO NOT travel on the roadways. Please do not attempt to sightsee. Conditions are extremely dangerous, especially on elevated roadways. Your safety is of utmost importance.
St. Mary Parish
All roadways, overpasses and bridges in St. Mary Parish are now OPEN
The Highway 90 bridge over the Atchachafalaya River is now open. The sheriff's office reminds drivers that the bridge is a construction zone, so drivers should slow down and leave room between vehicles.
US 90 at the Amelia Bridge and through Terrebonne parish is open.
North and Central Louisiana Travel Advisory
Troopers have seen an increase in calls for service to assist stranded motorists on our highways. Louisiana State Police continues to advise motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Roadway conditions across Louisiana have not returned to normal, and many remain impassable.
If travel is necessary, motorists should refrain from driving around "road closed" barricades. These barricades are blocking roadways that have not been maintained for safe traveling. When motorists drive around barricades, they place themselves and first-responders in dangerous travel conditions.
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