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Louisiana state police announce detours for commercial vehicles


With Tropical Storm Harvey once again bearing down on the southern U.S., Louisiana State Police have announced detours this morning for commercial vehicles.

After causing serious devastation in Texas, Harvey made landfall again this morning around 4 a.m., this time hitting Louisiana. The storm touched down near Cameron, leaving hundreds of thousands of people at risk for flash flooding. Harvey is expected to dump as many as 10 inches of rain on parts of Texas, Louisiana, and Kentucky. Wind speeds of up to 40 m.p.h. are also expected.

Louisiana State Police Issue State Wide Traffic Advisory

This morning the Louisiana State Police issued a statewide traffic advisory for both commercial and passenger vehicles. Commercial vehicles are being detoured off of I-10 near the border of Texas and Louisiana due to flooding.

From LSP’s traffic advisory:

“Due to roadway conditions as a result of Hurricane Harvey, all westbound commercial motor vehicle traffic (18-wheelers) traveling on I-10 should detour to I-49 north in Lafayette. At this time US 190 in Louisiana is open, but there are closures in Texas. Therefore, drivers should continue north and use I-20 as an alternate route into Texas instead of US 190.

Personal vehicles can continue westbound on I-10 towards destinations in Louisiana, but all others are encouraged to use I-49 as a detour due to the fact that I-10 westbound near the Texas border is currently closed.

Vehicles traveling westbound on I-12 further east in Louisiana should use I-55 north in Hammond as a detour.

I-10 westbound traffic closer to Lake Charles will be diverted off of I-10 onto either US 165 north to I-49, or US 171 north to I-20.

Please travel carefully, and avoid the areas if possible. For up to date roadway info, please utilize www.511la.org, or dial *LSP on your phone to report hazardous situations while driving.”

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