Weather update and planned road/bridge closures

The Department of Transportation and Development District 08 Office in Alexandria advises that National Weather Service and Local Weather Sources predict a nearly 100% chance of the accumulation of snow and ice on most of the state roads and bridges in Central Louisiana.

Due to the infrequent occurrence and enormity of this type of weather event, the Department has only limited resources on hand to maintain its roads and bridges under these adverse weather conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to close certain bridges and elevated structures that are not maintainable during these extreme weather conditions to ensure the safety of the motorists.

Planned Road/Bridge Closures

DOTD will close the urban, elevated sections of I-49 in Alexandria, from Exit 80-MacArthur Drive (Jct. US 71/167) to Exit 94-Rapides Station (Jct. Parish Road 23) by 9:00 P.M. tonight. Traffic will be detoured onto US 71/167 (MacArthur Drive) and then onto LA 1.

Additionally, DOTD will close the I-49 overpass bridges at Broadway Avenue, Sugarhouse Road, and Cotton Gin Road along with the Richard Thompson/LA 8 Bridge over the Red River at Boyce by 10:00 P.M. tonight.

DOTD employees will be working throughout the night to keep all other elevated structures and bridges open on the State roads and bridges in Central Louisiana.  These include the Purple Heart Bridge, Jackson Street Bridge, and the O.K. Allen Bridge.

The structures and bridges planned for closure tonight will be re-opened at the earliest possible time on Friday.  It is anticipated that the weather conditions should allow for the re-opening by noon tomorrow.

All motorists are advised to avoid travel until the weather allows the roadways and bridges to thaw and become free of ice.  Motorists who must travel are advised to use extreme caution when traversing all bridges because bridge decks are subject to ice formation with the onset of freezing temperatures and this may contribute to drivers losing control of their vehicles.  Additionally, with the low predicted temperatures, isolated icing of roadways is also possible, so again, extreme caution is urged when traveling.

Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 for more information during freezing conditions.

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