CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – I-220 and all of I-49 are back open as of Monday morning, according go the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
This includes both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-49 between the I-220 interchange in Shreveport and Mira Myrtis Road (just south of the Arkansas state line) in Caddo Parish.
Urban I-49 and I-220 were reopened Sunday night.
“DOTD’s emergency personnel will continue to monitor upcoming weather situations and will scout the area for safety on the roadways,” LA DOTD Public Information Officer Erin Buchanan said in an advisory on the interstate reopening Sunday evening.
I-220 in Caddo and Bossier parishes had been shut down since Saturday, along with urban I-49 in Shreveport north through Caddo Parish to the Arkansas state line.
LA DOTD crews have been working for the last few days on urban I-49 and I-220 overpasses to get the roadways ready for reopening, more than a week after they were shut down due to hazardous conditions created by winter weather.
Clearing both interstates involved using road graders to scrape ice and snow off the roadway, clearing each lane in both directions. That meant crews had more than 140 miles of interstate lanes to clear. They spent Sunday clearing the last of the slush and slick spots that remained on the elevated overpasses before opening the interstate just before 8 p.m.
I-20 was never shut down completely, but there have been numerous temporary closures and backups along the route as ramps iced up too much to navigate and vehicles spun out and stalled, sometimes left disabled in the lane of traffic.
The Louisiana Highway 3 overpass over the Union Pacific railroad tracks near the Town of Benton in Bossier Parish was reopened early Saturday afternoon, and the Benton Road (LA 3) overpass over the KCS railroad tracks in Bossier City was reopened Sunday night.
For the most up-to-date road status information, DOTD offers motorists various resources. Travelers can find information regarding road closures by downloading the Louisiana 511 mobile app or by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at www.511la.org, which is updated in real-time with changing road conditions.