DOTD to close some north La. highways overnight
BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials said they plan to close several highways in northwest Louisiana as wintry weather moves through the state overnight.
The Department of Transportation and Development said they're also preparing salt, sand and scout trucks to deal with possible sleet or freezing conditions early Tuesday morning.
DOTD said the following roadways will be shut down later Monday night because of wintry conditions and a chance of refreezing:
• I-49 from LA-526 (Bert Kouns Industrial Loop) to I-20.
• I-49 North from LA-1 (North Market Street) to the Arkansas state line.
• Benton Road overpass in Bossier City.
• Lake Bistineau Bridge.
DOTD said de-icing resources have already been staged and put on standby in case roads start to freeze. Scouts will inspect bridges overnight to see if any ice starts to build up.
Traffic officials said they're concerned about the combination of freezing weather and holiday travel for Mardi Gras Tuesday. Drivers are urged to use extra precautions and schedule more time into their trips in case they run into traffic or weather delays.