Winter weather causes havoc with area roads

State Police are urging people to stay home and off the roads Friday as icy weather continues throughout south Louisiana closing many highways and bridges.

Capt. Doug Cain, public affairs commander with Louisiana State Police, said he and Col. Michael Edmonson were out checking roads and bridges Friday morning and he was amazed by the amount of traffic they saw.

With temperatures in Baton Rouge expected to remain below freezing until Saturday morning and precipitation continuing to fall, the road conditions aren’t improving.

“Which is a deadly combination for black ice,” Cain said. However, he said, they were seeing lots of traffic

Those icy conditions have resulted in the closure of numerous roads and bridges throughout south Louisiana including the Interstate 10 bridge over the Mississippi River.

Most of the problem areas involve these elevated roads and bridges because they get colder faster and stay colder than surface roads.

A few areas have reopened like parts of Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish, however law enforcement urge people who abolutely have to be on the road to be cautious. Other roads and bridges have been alternatively open and closed like the Sunshine Bridge which was partially opened, then opened and then at 3:30 p.m. was closed completely again because of ice.

Conditions on the Interstate 10 bridge in Baton Rouge were being inspected as of 2 p.m.

The treacherous road conditions have caused more than 100 accidents in the capital region, authorities said.

Full and updated information on road closures in map form is available at www.511la.org or can be accessed by calling 511.