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DOTD focused on bridges before ice potential

BATON ROUGE — Department of Transportation and Development crews surveyed the Huey P. Long Bridge Thursday afternoon to pre-treat potential areas of concern with possible isolated ice overnight.

“Primarily the Mississippi River crossings, we’re spraying brine, salt water,” spokesman Rodney Mallett said. “We don’t put salt. Once you put salt, it can fly off.”

This bridge, along US 190, was one of the few places the crews covered. The DOTD considers it a priority route during winter weather events.

“This bridge here is much easier to keep open than the I-10 Horace Wilkinson Bridge,” Mallett said. “It’s narrower. There’s not as much space to keep the ice out. It’s shorter.”

Equipment, large quantities of salt and staff will be in place overnight to respond to any issues.

“We will have scouts, people who will take care of staging areas throughout the region,” Mallett said. “We have people in our salt house who are ready to load our salt spreaders as needed.”

I-110 is also on the radar of the DOTD Traffic Management Center. AAll lanes of I-110 will be closed indefinitely from I-10 to US 61 at midnight Thursday.

“We can close [I-110] just because it’s not very busy,” Mallett said. “We’re not going to put a lot of resources into it, because it’s so long and so high, and you have all these alternate routes [like] Florida [Boulevard]Airline company [Highway]Plank [Road]and scenic [Highway].”