Louisiana reopens stretch of eastbound I-20

The interstate had been blocked at multiple locations due to crashes, wrecks

Louisiana reopens stretch of eastbound I-20
A truck on Interstate 20 near Traffic Street is stuck just before the Red River Bridge on Thursday, Feb. 18. (Source: LaDOTD Traffic Cams)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Eastbound Interstate 20 between Industrial Drive in Bossier City and Goodwill Road in Webster Parish is back open, the state highway department announced Thursday night.

Even so, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is asking everyone to stay off the roads when possible. “But if travel is essential, motorists are strongly urged to drive at an extremely reduced rate of speed, and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and any nearby vehicles.”

Traffic had been at a standstill in several areas of I-20 — including Caddo and Lincoln parishes — due to crashes and wrecks Feb. 18.

Motorists were strongly urged to avoid the interstate if travel was necessary.

Interstate 49 northbound is closed near Stonewall, that’s just south of Shreveport.

And travelers on I-20 had been advised to avoid:

  • eastbound I-20 near the city limits of Greenwood at milepost 5 in Caddo Parish
  • westbound I-20 crossing the Red River bridge at the Caddo-Bossier parish line
  • westbound I-20 approximately 3 miles west of Arcadia in Bienville Parish
  • East- and westbound I-20 east of Ruston in Lincoln Parish

LaDOTD suggested that drivers use U.S. Highway 80 as an alternate route for east- and westbound travel.

Southbound traffic is advised to use U.S. Highway 71 or Interstate 49 south of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.

Visit www.511la.org or download the Louisiana 511 mobile app for additional information. Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at wwwsp.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.

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