Debris causes closures on Mississippi River Bridge
BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed parts of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge due to debris blown down by storms Monday morning.
The Department of Transportation and Development said scaffolding on the bridge for its recent painting was damaged and knocked down by the the morning's storm.
I-10 East was closed just after 11 a.m., and two lanes of I-10 West were closed. One lane of I-10 East was reopened before 1 p.m. The center lane was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., leaving the left lane closed. Traffic stretched to three miles in length on the interstate to the Lobdell exit as mid-afternoon approached on Monday.
All lanes reopened at around 3:30 p.m. with traffic on the westbound side of I-10 stacked up all the way to the I-10/I-12 Merge.
Drivers were told to use US 190 as an alternate route across the river while crews secure the scaffolding against any further storm damage.
I-10 West was also backed up on the Whiskey Bay Bridge near Lafayette around 11 a.m. due to a tree across the interstate there.