LEESVILLE-With the closure at 9 a.m. this morning of Interstate 10 due to flooding at the Sabine River, near the Texas State line, the City of Leesville expects to see a significant increase in traffic on U.S. Hwy. 171 for the duration of the closure.
Because of the significant increase in traffic, the No-Left Turn regulation currently in place in the construction zone on U.S. Hwy 171 between W. Schweitzer Ave. and Boone St. to will be strictly enforced, according to Leesville Chief of Police Greg Hill.
"We appreciate everyone's patience as we deal with the aftermath of last weeks' torrential rains," said Chief Hill. "Enforcing the no-left turn regulation will help ensure that traffic flows smoothly through the City."
Local northbound traffic on U.S. 171 wanting to access merchants on the west side of the 171 construction zone in Leesville should travel Redtown Road to University Parkway to U.S. 171 South OR access a crossover street North of Circle. K.
Local Southbound traffic wishing to access merchants on the east side of the 171 construction zone in Leesville should access the first available spot for a U-turn in New Llano.
Travelers who attempt to turn left, causing traffic to back up behind them, delaying and inconveniencing other drivers, will be ticketed.
Chief Hill said that DOTD is in the process of inspecting the U.S. Hwy. 190 Bon Wier Bridge over the Sabine River. There is a possibility that DOTD will reopen that roadway into Texas, which will help alleviate the traffic being diverted through Leesville.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development released the following statement earlier this morning:
Interstate 10 at the Sabine River, near the Texas State Line, will close to traffic at 9 a.m. due to flooding.
DOTD will continue to monitor weather conditions and will advise of any changes.
Travelers going through Louisiana should stay on I-20.
Although it is not advisable to travel during inclement weather, the suggested detour routes (
) for I-10 traffic are as follows:
* I-10 to I-49 to I-20 (into Texas) to I-10
* I-20 (into Louisiana) to I-49 to I-10
Motorists should follow these safety tips when driving in inclement weather:
* Obey barricades and high-water signs.
* Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
* Allow for extra driving time.
* Reduce speeds when visibility is low.
* Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
* Avoid driving into standing or running water.
Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at