The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has just issued a notice advising motorists that DOTD is in the process of closing several large sections of I-49 in the northern part of Caddo Parish.

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Included in the area closed is the section of I-49 between the I-220 interchange in Shreveport and Mira Myrtis Road in north Caddo Parish.

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This closure affects both directions of travel. All southbound traffic will be forced off at the I-49/Mira Myrtis Road interchange, approximately 5.5 miles south of the Arkansas state line.

Northbound traffic can access I-49 at both the Myra Myrtis Rd. & LA 168 interchanges.

Also due to the winter weather conditions, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced that urban I-49 in Shreveport, is being closed.

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This closure affects both lanes of travel and includes the northbound lanes of I-49 between LA 526 and I-20, as well as the southbound lanes from I-20 to LA 3132.

Access will remain open from LA 3132 eastbound to I-49 southbound. The connector ramp from LA 3132 westbound to I-49 southbound will be closed.

DOTD’s emergency personnel will continue to monitor upcoming weather situations and will scout the area for safety on the roadways. Crews will be mobilized as needed in the event an area is threatened by severe weather conditions.

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In addition, DOTD crews will apply salt to any affected bridges and overpasses, remove fallen trees from the roadway and close roads as needed.

DOTD reminds motorists that it is unsafe and unlawful to drive onto a closed road past a “road closed” barricade at any time for any reason.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through areas that may be affected by accumulations of ice on the roadways, especially on elevated surfaces.

Please be on the lookout for crews and their equipment.

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