(KSLA) — The snowfall has come to an end and the snow has begun thawing, so authorities are reopening some roadways.
However, the threat of wet roads refreezing remains. So motorists continue to be cautioned to look out for potentially hazardous conditions, such as black ice, particularly on elevated services.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) began pre-emptive road and bridge closures Sunday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Crews treated overpasses and bridges with salt and/or sand to deter icy driving conditions.
Following are previously announced road closures. Any changes to their status are noted.
- REOPENED: U.S. 80 bridge over KCS railroad tracks at Ada in Bienville Parish
- REOPENED: Northbound I-49 between LA 526 and I-20
- REOPENED: Southbound I-49 between I-20 and LA 3132
- Connector ramp from LA 3132 W to I-49 S
- REOPENED: All lanes of northbound I-49 at mile marker 168 near Grand Bayou are reopened after having been closed due to downed power lines.
- REOPENED: A section of I-220 in Caddo and Bossier parishes is closed due to winter weather conditions. This closure includes the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-220 between the interchange at I-20 (at LaDowns Racetrack in Bossier City) and the I-20/I-220/LA 3132 interchange near Shreveport Regional Airport.
- North Benton Road/LA 3 bridge in Bossier Parish
- REOPENED: I-49 N between I-220 interchange in Shreveport and Mira Myrtis road in north Caddo Parish. Alternate route is US 71. Closure affects both directions of travel. Southbound traffic will be forced off at the I-49/Mira Myrtis Road interchange about 5.5 miles south of the Arkansas line. Northbound traffic can get on I-49 at both the Myra Myrtis Road and LA 168 interchanges.
LaDOTD reminds motorists to drive with caution when approaching bridges and overpasses and to watch for potentially slick roadways in shaded areas.