Roads will be dangerous until they dry up

Roads will be dangerous until they dry up

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Drivers will want to use caution after rain and snow left roads across the metro area slick.

The Department of Transportation and Development have shut down two major bridges because of this snow and ice in St. James Parish.

Director Francis Hymel says he has not seen snow this thick since 1989, which is also affecting the road.

The Sunshine Bridge and Veterans Memorial Bridge were closed around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, isolating the east and west banks.

DOTD tried to put sand and salt to try to keep them open, but they could not keep up with the snowfall.

Destrehan I-310 and I-10 Bridge in Baton Rouge are still open.

He said while traffic is still flowing in St. James Parish, once temperatures start dropping roadways will become more dangerous.

"The biggest thing we're worried about tonight is the temperatures dipping below freezing and of course black ice and that sort of thing," Hymel said.

Hymel said they are not sure when the bridges will reopen, but they are waiting for the snow to stop.