Hazardous road condition advisory in East Baton Rouge Parish
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 9:36:31 AM
Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that all state maintained roadways in East Baton Rouge Parish have been deemed unsafe due to the ever changing winter weather conditions.

Currently, there are several interstate closures in the capitol region. Motorists traveling on I-10 westbound are being diverted onto I-12 eastbound at the I-10/ I-12 split to U.S. 61 south. Crews are working diligently to salt and keep open the U.S. 190 Bridge (Huey P. Long), which is a priority route. Due to dangerous conditions, DOTD advises that only emergency vehicles and personnel utilize these bridges.

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

While 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.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org. Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @ www.dotd.la.gov and the DOTD Facebook page.