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Dept. of Transportation warns of freezing road conditions

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 7:57 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -It’s been almost 800 days since snow last fell in Louisiana. Since snowfall is a rare event in the state, drivers are doing their best to stay off of the roadways and highways in the area to avoid hydroplaning and accidents.

“This is kind of crazy in comparison to the hot weather we usually have, “I’ve hydroplaned a good bit today I’ve seen a few other cars struggle with it like that car just skidded off right there. but I’ve gotten used to it”, said Grant Gallaspy of Monroe.

Erin Buchanan, the public information officer with the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), said if you don’t have to be out driving in this weather then don’t.

The winter weather arrived in NELA Sunday night. A handful of bridges, overpasses, and exits remain closed due to the weather. However, Buchanan said conditions could improve.

“The good news is it will be above freezing so most of it will melt and if there is some residual moisture left on the roadways we are continuing salt dispensing operations on bridges and overpasses. So, we’ll continue that. We’ll continue to monitor roadways. We’ll, put traffic back on them, especially after everything has melted,” Buchanan added optimistically.

The DOTD said they have been salting bridges and overpasses since the winter weather rolled in on Sunday, but as the sun goes down and the temperature drops they say driving conditions will become more dangerous.

“The primary message we tell everyone is not to travel unless it’s absolutely necessary. Of course, we know that people have to get where they have to get and there will be people out on the roads but overall, we really ask that if it’s not a necessary trip to take to just not do it,” Buchanan said.

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