Statewide Winter Weather Advisory and Road Closure Update

Troopers across South Louisiana are continuing to report and monitor icy road conditions requiring the vast majority of overnight closures to remain in effect this morning.  These overpasses, bridges, and roadway surfaces have become too hazardous for travel requiring closures and traffic to be detoured.  The Louisiana State Police continue to utilize extra patrols nearly doubling the amount of Troopers on duty while partnering with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, DPS Police, and numerous local agencies to provide the safest environment possible for motorists and citizens across the state.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Louisiana National Guard representatives remain active utilizing salt, sand, and de-icing agents on bridges, overpasses, and roadways where needed.  Motorists are strongly urged to refrain from unnecessary travel and keep abreast of the latest weather conditions.
Troopers are currently monitoring the following road closures:

LSP Troop A (Baton Rouge region):
·       Sunshine Bridge (LA 70) restricted to one lane
·       I-12 closed from the I-10/I-12 split in Baton Rouge to LA 1077 (Madisonville) in St. Tammany Parish
·       LA 1026 (Juban Road) overpass at I-12 closed
·       LA 16 (Pete’s Highway) overpass at I-12 closed
·       I-10 closed from Lafayette to New Orleans
·       LA 37 at Comite Bridge down to one lane in both directions
·       Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gramercy Bridge LA 3213) closed
·       I-110 closed
·       LA 10 Audubon Bridge is closed
·       Central Throughway is closed
·       LA 22 at the Diversion Canal in Ascension Parish closed
·       LA 3246 (Siegen Lane) overpass south of I-10 closed

LSP Troop B (Metro New Orleans Area):
·       I-10 High Rise Bridge E/B and W/B is closed, traffic diverted to Almonaster Blvd. and Chef Menteur Hwy
·       I-10 at U.S. 11 is closed
·       I-610 W/B at Canal is closed to the Jefferson Parish Line
·       Crescent City Connection HOV Lanes closed
·       The Causeway Bridge closed both directions
·       The Causeway Overpass at I-10 is closed due to ice
·       The Clearview Overpass at I-10 is closed due to ice
·       The elevated portion of U.S. 90 B is closed in both directions from General De Gaulle to Westwego
·       Interstate 10 from West end Blvd. (Orleans Parish) through Lafayette is closed (Metairie, Kenner, Laplace)
·       I-55 N/B and S/B closed
·       I-310 from I-10 to LA 48 (River Road) closed in both directions
·       All ramps at US 61 and I-310 are closed
·       I-310 from LA 18 to U.S. 90 are closed in both directions
·       Traffic from LA 3127 eastbound (from Donaldsonville) will be diverted onto LA 3160 to LA 18, LA 52, or Barton Rd.
·       LA 3142 ( railroad overpass) at the plants is closed
·       U.S. 90 Bridge at Des Allemands is closed and traffic re-routed to old train bridge on LA 631
·       One lane LA 23 N/B on Bridge closed
·       LA 47 at Green Bridge closed

LSP Troop C (Houma region):

·       LA 315 (Dularge Overpass) closed due to icy conditions in both directions, traffic detoured to Houma Intracoastal Tunnel or LA 24 – Houma Twin Span
·       LA 20 (Schriever Overpass) closed due to icy conditions in both directions, traffic detoured to LA 311 & Main Project Road
·       U.S. 90 from LA 182 (Raceland) to Amelia Overpass is closed due to icy conditions, traffic detoured to LA 182
·       LA 3087 (Prospect Overpass) is closed due to icy conditions in both directions
·       LA 24 Houma Twin Span (Downtown Houma) is closed due to icy conditions in both directions
·       Valentine Bridge is closed in both directions
·       West Larose Bridge (LA-1) closed
·       Des Allemands Overpass on US 90 closed, traffic detoured to LA 631 & Old Des Allemands Bridge
·       LA 308 Larose Highrise Bridge closed
·       Bellevue Bridge closed at this time due to icy conditions
·       LA 307 (Kraemer Bridge) is closed
·       LA 182 (North Raceland Bridge) is closed
·       LA 1 on the Leeville Bridge is closed
·       Cloverlee Bridge at LA 308 in Cutoff closed
·       LA 1010 Bridge closed at this time due to icy conditions in both directions
·       LA 1247 Bridge closed at this time due to icy conditions
·       LA 3213 at Veterans Bridge (Gramercy Bridge) closed due to icy conditions in both directions
·       Dulac Pontoon Bridge is experiencing mechanical issues and is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice
·       Curfew will be implemented in Lafourche Parish, starting at 6PM tonight until further notice

LSP Troop D (Lake Charles region):
·       Interstate 210 is closed in Calcasieu Parish
·       U.S. 90 Mermentau Bridge is closed
·       LA 14 Lake Arther Bridge closed
·       LA 97 Bridge in Evangeline Parish closed

LSP Troop E (Alexandria region):
·       I-49 from Exit 80 to exit 94 (elevated portions of I-49 in Alexandria) closed
·       Boyce Bridge on LA 8 closed
·       LA 29 between Evergreen and Cottonport
·       LA 116 from LA 28 to Esler Airfield

LSP Troop F (Monroe region):
·       No road closures at this time

LSP Troop G (Shreveport region):
·       No road closures at this time

LSP Troop I (Lafayette region):
·       LA 82 southbound at LA 35 is closed
·       LA 3147 south of Humble Bridge is closed
·       I-10 between milepost 72 and milepost 76 (both directions) is closed
·       Bridges and overpasses on U.S. 90 in Iberia and St. Mary Parish closed, traffic detoured to LA 182
·       I-49 is open with a lane reduction between milepost #40 (LA 29) and milepost #46 (LA 106)
·       LA 82 west of LA 35 is closed due to ice
·       LA 3147 at Humble Canal Bridge closed

LSP Troop L:
·       I-12 is closed from LA 1077 in Mandeville to I-10 / I-12 Split in Baton Rouge
·       I-55 is closed at U.S. 51
·       The Causeway Bridge is closed in both directions (St. Tammany and Jefferson Parish)
·       The Twin Spans are closed in both directions (St. Tammany and Orleans Parish)

For real time updates on roadway closures, crash locations, and pertinent safety information, stay tuned to the Louisiana State Police Facebook page, follow the LSP Twitter feed @LAStatePolice, or access the DOTD travel information database by calling 511 or logging onto 511la.org.

Citizens and visitors are also encouraged to enroll and receive Nixle Alerts.  To enroll for this free service, visit www.nixle.com, complete the required information, and select Louisiana State Police as your agency.

Motorists are reminded to drive responsibly and be prepared for uncertain driving conditions. If traveling today is a necessity, the Louisiana State Police urges you to follow these winter weather driving tips:
·       Check Facebook and Nixle for road closures along your route
·       Check vehicle fluids (anti-freeze), tire pressure, battery windshield wipers, etc.
·       Reduce speed
·       Allow extra time to reach your destination
·       Allow extra space between vehicles
·       Do not drive using cruise control in icy conditions
·       Anticipate stops (such as stop signs and traffic signals) and brake gently while stopping
·       If you encounter a skid, do not panic, take your foot off the accelerator, and steer into the skid till you regain control
·       Use low beam headlights if it is raining/sleeting
·       Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained

If you should have vehicle problems, be sure to stay in your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening and the safest place is in the vehicle.  Have a survival kit:  emergency first aid kit, blankets, jumper cables, high-energy or dehydrated foods, flashlight with extra batteries, extra (charged) cell phone battery, emergency flares, and bottled water.
If you experience difficulties or witness hazardous situations while on the highway, notify your local State Police Troop office by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cell phone or contact your local law enforcement agency.

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