Salt crews help reopen Louisiana roads, bridges following winter storm

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — It’s the moment many Louisiana drivers had been waiting for. Roads, highways and bridges are starting to reopen after icy conditions left them closed for days.

State transportation crews reopened high-profile thoroughfares Wednesday, including parts of Interstates 10, 110 and 12. Their decision comes as temperatures creep (slightly) above freezing, rain washes ice away, and salt melts ice from bridges.

The state’s Department of Transportation and Development has sprinkled more than a million pounds of salt on the roads, Louisiana’s record for a single weather event.

Forecasts show cold weather sticking around south Louisiana over the coming days. Should conditions warrant, crews plan to pour more salt on affected roadways.

“If we see it’s starting to freeze again — or if it’s starting to become unsafe — then we’ll go out and treat it as necessary,” DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallett said.

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