Roads in Avoyelles, which are the first to be maintained include: I-49, US 71, LA 1, LA 29, LA 107 and LA 115.
Due to the infrequent occurrence and enormity of this type of weather event, the Department has only limited resources on hand to maintain its roads and bridges under these adverse weather conditions, therefore it is necessary to prioritize which routes will be first maintained and kept open.
The following priority routes will be the first to be maintained and kept open where possible as a result of the predicted winter weather : I-49, US 71, US 84, US 165, US 167, US 171, LA 1, LA 6, LA 8, LA 9, LA 10, LA 28, LA 29, LA 34, LA 107, LA 115, LA 117, LA 498, and LA 3054
The priority routes were chosen due to their importance of carrying the greatest number of vehicles in the major North to South and East to West corridors through District 08 and to maintain continuity throughout the State.
Certain bridges and elevated structures along some of the above priority routes are not maintainable, and therefore, must be closed when conditions deteriorate. These include:
- Richard Thompson/LA 8 Bridge over the Red River
- Gillis Long/US 165B Bridge in Alexandria over the Red River
- Urban elevated sections of I-49 in Alexandria, from Exit 80-MacArthur Drive (Jct. US 71/167) to Exit 94-Rapides Station (Jct. Parish Road 23), along with the I-49 overpass bridges at Broadway Avenue, Sugarhouse Road, and Cotton Gin Road
Although, no accumulation is forecasted at this time, all motorists are advised to use extreme caution when traversing all bridges because bridge decks are subject to ice formation with the onset of freezing temperatures and this may contribute to drivers losing control of their vehicles.
Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 for more information during freezing conditions.