LaDOTD warns drivers of deteriorating road conditions

Stretch of eastbound I-20 to remain closed overnight at the least

LaDOTD warns drivers of deteriorating road conditions
Motorists stuck in traffic for 5+ hours on snow-, ice-covered I-20

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The ArkLaTex is still being hit with freezing rain, sleet and snow, making road conditions even more dangerous.

Deteriorating road conditions led to standstill traffic on I-20 the night of Tuesday, Feb. 17. Many motorists were stuck on the road for almost 10 hours as day turned to night, and some had to be rescued from their vehicles by firefighters.

Erin Buchanan, of the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development, is warning against a repeat of last night on I-20, which is still closed at this point.

The district administrator for the Northwest Louisiana region decided Wednesday afternoon to keep the section of eastbound I-20 between the Industrial Drive exit in Bossier Parish and the Goodwill Road exit in Webster Parish closed at least overnight.

“We drove that stretch and he made the determination that it’s too hazardous - with the goal of hopefully avoiding another incident like last night,” Buchanan said. “U.S. 80 is the detour, with a lower speed limit and, hopefully, slower-moving traffic.”

Full interview with Erin Buchanan, of LaDOTD:

INTERVIEW: Update with LaDOTD's Erin Buchanan | Feb. 17

Tune in to KSLA News 12 tonight where Destinee Patterson interviews Cade McConathy on being stuck on I-20 last night.

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