Traffic officials preparing for more road closures
BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials urged drivers to stay off the roads when another round of freezing weather moves through Louisiana this week.
The Department of Transportation and Development said they were preparing for more possibilities of snow, rain and sleet starting tonight and lasting through Wednesday.
DOTD said they will pre-treat some portions of the interstates and major corridors to keep them open as long as possible. However, they noted elevated highways are much more susceptible to icing, and that they do not have enough equipment to keep every road and bridge in the state open.
"We saw the elevated portions, such as I-10 over the Atchafalaya Basin and Mississippi River Bridge, freeze and take a while to thaw," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. "These conditions should be taken seriously. Don't drive unless you have to."
During freezing weather last week interstates through Baton Rouge and bridges over the Mississippi River were closed as portions froze, were cleared, and then re-froze. State Police said Friday they had worked more than 200 wrecks and two traffic fatalities due to frozen weather.
Drivers can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by calling 511. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). You can also check DOTD's website for live traffic cameras and information about free traffic apps for mobile devices.