SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Benton Road Overpass (LA 3) is now closed, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, which they say is necessary due to impending inclement weather.
Both the north and southbound lanes of I-49 Urban at LA 526 (Bert Kouns) were closed earlier in the afternoon due to the threat of hazardous driving conditions caused by winter weather.
That’s in addition to I-220 and I-49 North, which were closed at 2 p.m. Thursday. LA DOTD says the roads will remain closed until the roads and bridges are deemed safe. All vehicles will need to detour.
Anticipated sleet and freezing rain causing icy roads have already prompted several schools in the region to announced closures on Friday, including Caddo and Claiborne public schools. Webster schools will go virtual.
LSU Shreveport has also announced they are closing campus as of 4:30 Thursday due to the weather.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until 9 p.m. Thursday as winter precipitation, mainly sleet and freezing rain, may continue past sunset along the I-20 corridor. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m., where accumulations will be highest near and north of I-30.
Call 511, visit www.511la.org, or download the Louisiana 511 mobile app for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at www.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.