MONROE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Louisiana DOTD and Louisiana State Police are working to reopen a stretch of I-20 westbound from Monroe to Shreveport that was shut down Thursday due to icing issues.
State police are working to clear wrecks and the DOTD is salting the roadway and hope to have the section of I-20W between Ruston and Shreveport back open sometime Friday, and then the section in Monroe likely later in the day Friday.
The DOTD is also working to clear I-220 using road graders, but this process is expected to take a while, as crews have nearly 18 miles in each direction to clear. I-220 has been shut down since Saturday, along with I-20 and urban I-49 north to the Arkansas state line.
I-20 eastbound was reopened Thursday night from Industrial Drive in Bossier City to Goodwill Road in Webster Parish.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a briefing Thursday that the Louisiana National Guard was bringing in wreckers and is working with the Louisiana Department of Transportation to remove a number of 18-wheelers that had stalled or jackknifed, in some cases blocking the flow of traffic.
This has been an issue along I-20 in Northwest Louisiana near the Texas state line in particular, and the governor said the situation there “is going to be evolving.”
As of early Friday afternoon, the DOTD said traffic in that area of I-20E was down to one lane and slow going.