SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – In a KSLA News 12 update: Interstate-220 has re-opened for traffic after police shut it down for the majority of the day. And for the second day in a row it was downed power lines to blame.
On Saturday, at the interchange of I-220 and I-20 in West Shreveport police had to divert traffic because of downed lines. And then today, access from I-20 westbound to I-220 had also been shut down. Traffic for hours was once again being detoured via Jefferson Paige Road.
Utility poles holding up the lines reportedly snapped late Saturday morning, closing the roadway for most of that day while crews worked to clear the lines. The road was re-opened around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
SWEPCO spokesperson Kacee Kirschvink says it appears stress on the lines resulting from Saturday's fallen poles may have pulled down another line. Some drivers found themselves surrounded by the live, downed lines had to remain in their vehicles for more than two hours until they could safely exit. Kirschvink says crews are working on repairing the lines, and estimates 50 homes have been affected.
Other scattered outtages in the region over the past few days are attributed to the extreme heat. Kirschvink says while there are no load issues, thanks to the new J. Lamar Stall power plant, the heat can stress the lines themselves. Customers can expect sporadic outtages until those lines can be re-routed and repaired.
KSLA News 12 is monitoring the situation and will update when more information becomes available.