Drivers stranded due to Sunshine Bridge closure

ST. JAMES PARISH, La (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) - The Sunshine Bridge is closed Friday due to winter weather.

Traffic was backed up near the bridge with police diverting traffic.

Many cars just turned back the way they came to wait it out. Others decided to stay in a long line of traffic, hoping the bridge would open back up.

“I work nights at the Lake and I worked a 12 hour shift, so I’m just trying to get home to go to sleep," Donaldsonville resident Omega Lewis told Local 33 Friday morning.  "I live in Donaldsonville and they closed the bridge down. Me and my dad who is with me, we are basically trapped trying to see if we can go somewhere because snow is just everywhere. It’s ridiculous.”

Near the bridge, roads are not completely iced over, but there are patches of black ice causing slick spots.

Experts recommend planning ahead, using caution and driving slow when out on the roads.

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