I-10 reopens near Mississippi-Louisiana state line following 11-hour fire-related closure

Published: Aug. 11, 2023 at 3:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2023 at 5:31 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A fire-related closure of Interstate 10 near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line has finally ended Saturday (Aug. 12) evening.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced the closure of both directions on I-10 on Friday in a social media post at 2:33 p.m. At the time, it estimated the interstate would be closed for approximately 50 minutes, targeting a reopening at 3:23 p.m.

However, the closure wound up being in effect for nearly 11 hours.

After opening temporarily around 1 p.m. on Saturday, the route was closed again around 4 p.m. due to a grass fire that reignited in the median around mile marker 8. The route was opened a second time for both lanes after 5:16 p.m., according to MDOT.

The closure is in both directions of I-10 between Mississippi Hwy. 607/NASA/Waveland exit 2 and Mississippi Hwy. 42/603/Bay St. Louis exit 13. Motorists are being diverted eastbound onto Hwy. 607 and westbound onto Hwy. 603.

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