Roads, interstates closed due to ice
BATON ROUGE- DOTD is reporting several road closures in the Baton Rouge area Friday morning:
Icy conditions and wrecks led to multiple closures on all major interstates and bridges. State Police urged drivers to stay off the roads except for emergency trips.
Drivers can get current road conditions by calling 511, or 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511) if they are out-of-state travellers. You can also follow @WBRZ on Twitter, or check DOTD's Interactive Traffic Map.
Update - 8:30 p.m.
In East Baton Rouge, interstates through the city are affected by multiple shutdowns. Traffic officials reopened the College Drive entrance ramp to I-10 East around 6 p.m. I-12 is closed in both directions from the 10/12 split to O'Neal. The new Mississippi River Bridge over I-10 is closed. Authorities re-opened the US 190 bridge just after 5 p.m.
In Ascension Parish, the Sunshine Bridge closed again around 3:30 p.m. due to ice, while the Port Vincent Bridge is also closed. Sheriff's deputies said I-10 East is open, while the westbound lanes are closed.
In Livingston Parish, I-12 through the parish has been reopened, though State Police asked drives to avoid it except for emergencies. Traffic westbound was heavy due to closures in East Baton Rouge, and drivers are urged to consider alternate routes. Florida Blvd. over the Amite River is open in both directions. The Magnolia Beach Bridge remains open at this time.
In Iberville Parish, I-10 West on the Atchafalaya Bridge is closed.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, Hwy 10 from Hwy 981 to Hwy 61 including the Audubon Bridge is closed.
In West Baton Rouge Parish, LA 1 is shutdown because all overpasses are iced over.
I-55 is closed in both directions between I-10 in Laplace and US 51B in Ponchatoula due to icy conditions on the elevated roadway. Traffic is being diverted to US 51.