Louisiana DOTD Advisory, Roads in Southwest Region Deemed Impassable Due to Winter Weather

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Louisiana DOTD Advisory, Roads in Southwest Region Deemed Impassable Due to Winter Weather

Published February 15, 2021, 12:18 pm
Updated February 15, 2021, 9:12 pm

From LADOTD – ROAD CONDITION ADVISORY: Roads in Southwest Region deemed impassable due to winter weather.

UPDATE: Previously LADOTD indicated that I-10 was still passable with caution. The advisory has now been updated and I-10 has been deemed impassable due to black ice in the Sulphur area.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that I-10 from the Texas State line to Acadia/Jeff Davis Parish line in the Southwest region have been deemed impassable due to winter weather conditions. We are experiencing Black Ice in the Sulphur, LA area.

There has been significant accumulation of snow and ice on bridges, overpasses, and roadways resulting in travel conditions that are considered to be inadvisable. With additional winter precipitation expected to impact the region over the next few days, DOTD is strongly urging motorists to avoid ALL unnecessary travel.

While these and many other routes have not been barricaded and marked as ‘closed’, it is the intent of DOTD to warn motorists that roadway conditions have deteriorated and travel could be hazardous. If travel is absolutely necessary, DOTD urges drivers to adhere to the following safety tips:

Drive slowly and carefully.

Avoid driving while distracted.

Always allow for extra driving time.

Avoid using cruise control.

Reduce speeds when visibility is low.

Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.

Be on the lookout for DOTD crews and other emergency responders and their equipment.

Remember that it’s unlawful and unsafe to drive around a road closed barricade for any reason.

Also, beware of black ice – a thin, transparent layer of ice accumulation that can be visually hard to detect on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps, and in shady spots. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from distracted driving or driving under the influence.