City Wide Weather Related Closures Wednesday January 17, 2018
Updated 2:40 p.m. Wednesday January 17, 2018
Even though the sleet and "snow" is gone, many roadways in SWLA are still covered with ice. LCPD, DOTD, and other emergency officials are strongly urging residents to stay off the road. Currently, LCPD reports Contraband Bayou Bridge, between Nelson and Lake, on W. Prien Lake Rd. is now open. There are several major interstates that remain closed due to ice on the roadway. Below is a list of interstates closed as of 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018 courtesy of DOTD:
· I-10 from I-49 in Lafayette to near Slidell
· I-49 near Opelousas
· I-49 from MLK Blvd. to Mira Myrtis Road
· I-49 from LA 3132 to I-20 in Shreveport
· I-220 in Shreveport and Bossier
· I-12 from Baton Rouge to near Covington
· I-110 in Baton Rouge
· I-55 from LaPlace to the Mississippi state line
Be advised, the roadway closures are constantly updated. For a current report on road closures in both Louisiana and Texas, click here. Check www.511la.org to see a map, get valuable information at wwwsp.dotd.la.gov and real-time updates on all Louisiana roads and traffic conditions. You can also download the Louisiana 511 Traveler app to your smartphone, follow DOTD on Twitter, or like them on Facebook.
There are several accidents in the area and across the state directly related to black ice on overpasses and roadways. PLEASE respect the ice! Because of the icy road conditions, the City of Lake Charles announced that the Public Transit is not running. The city transit system will resume operation as soon as roads are safe for travel.
In addition, John Cardone, City Administrator, said that all non-essential Lake Charles administrative offices and services, including City Hall, will not open until 12 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. KPLC 7 reports several banks and local businesses will follow suit and open at noon. There are also rescheduled city meetings, games, trash pick-up, and canceled events due to the weather in SWLA.
Mayor Nic Hunter said, "Safety of our employees and residents is of utmost concern. At this time, we don't want to risk their well-being, and so we're suspending services until we feel it is safe for them to travel on roadways."
Below is a list of closures, rescheduled services, meeting,s and events in SWLA:
City of Lake Charles trash and garbage pickup will not run Wednesday. Waste Management will run one day behind. Trash and garbage scheduled for picked-up on Tuesday, will move to Thursday, Jan. 18. Thursday pick-ups will move to Friday, and Friday pick-up will be Saturday.
Opening at 12 noon Wednesday January 17, 2018
Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor's Office.
Cameron Parish Solid Waste Sites.
Center for Orthopedics
JD Bank branches
Lake Charles City Court.
All State of Louisiana offices.
Southwest Louisiana Credit Union branches in Lake Charles, Sulphur and Westlake.
Sulphur City offices
Carlyss Water Works.
Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana
Westlake City Hall, with limited staff.
Sulphur Courthouse and Marshal offices will be closed Wednesday.
Cameron Parish Southern Solid Waste will not collect garbage on Wednesday.
City of Lake Charles monthly meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission that was scheduled for today at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers is cancelled. The next meeting will occur on February 19 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
A Freeman Driving School in Oakdale mandatory parental orientation.
Our Lady of Good Council religious ed classes.
For more information on area closures, and schedules watch your local news.