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Plows staged, state pledges to keep these highways open today

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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 9:00 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 28, 2014 6:50 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- The state has prioritized roads to focus on when ice or snow require shutdowns as early as 6 a.m. Tuesday.

While leaders have urged drivers to stay off roads as the winter weather moves across the region, nearly 12 highway systems will get priority from crews.

The follow roads will are expected to be open as long as possible:

•I-10 from the Mississippi state line to I-12 will remain open
•I-12 from Slidell to Airline Hwy will remain open
•US 61 to US 190 Mississippi Bridge will remain open
•US 190 from the Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge to Opelousas will remain open
•I-49 from Lafayette to Shreveport will remain open
•I-10 from Lafayette to Texas will remain open
•Baton Rouge to New Orleans US 61 will remain open
•I-55 from I-12 to Mississippi will remain open
•I-59 from I-12 to Mississippi will remain open

The National Guard has staged graders in Lafayette and Hammond to plow roadways should the above routes begin to ice over.

The Plaquemines Ferry will operate 24-hours and will be free.

DOTD also pledged to keep the following bridges open:

•Sunshine Bridge
•Old Bridge in BR
•Luling Bridge
•Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans
•The CCC Bridge in New Orleans

However, popular routes will be closed so crews can focus on main arteries. The following highway systems will likely be closed:

•DOTD expects to close the Interstate 10 Twin Span Bridge
•DOTD expects to close the Horace Wilkinson Bridge
•DOTD expects to close the Audubon Bridge
•DOTD expects to start closing portions of US 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans

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