It was an alarming journey through icy roadways Tuesday morning for many in the Arklatex.
Law enforcement and towing companies worked multiple wrecks throughout the day. DOTD officials said the major roadways such as Interstate 49 and LA 3132 will remain closed Wednesday and drivers should prepare the same kind of icy conditions. Interstate 20 will stay open but drivers need to prepare for slow speeds. Traffic backed-up and was diverted off I-20 during the morning in Bossier.
Over on Highway 71, an 18-wheeler slid off the roadway. The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies worked six minor accidents and 35 motor assists since midnight.
DOTD crews are working around-the-clock to salt the major roadways. It takes more than one layer and multiple trips for the ice to melt.
“We put a treatment of salt down and they go back out to the salt house, reload, and then go back out. So we’re trying to help that salt melt as quickly as possible but the with the very cold temperatures and we’re just going to have to monitor conditions,” said Erin Buchanan, LA DOTD spokesperson.
Smith’s Towing said they had nine tows before 4 p.m. both cars and big trucks. Mericles Towing said they did 30 tows before the evening, mostly large tractor trailers. They said the accidents were distributed all over-the-area and not just one spot.
Even Cylde Fant Parkway was iced over until the afternoon.
DOTD officials said people need to prepare early and plan ahead if they have to drive Wednesday morning because normal routes will probably take double the time to complete. Also, be on the look out for bridges and overpasses because those spots get icy fast and can be the most dangerous.