DOTD working to keep West Bank roadways open


Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 5:40 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS — Vehicles are traveling on the Westbank Approach and elevated Westbank Expressway leading to the span again thanks in part to DOTD crews staged with salt, sand and everything needed to keep the roadways open tonight.

Getting from point A to point B was more than half the battle on the West Bank.

Sub-freezing temperatures and icy road surfaces closed many of the main highways and bridges, including the elevated Westbank Expressway and bridges over the Harvey Canal.

But by midday, most of the ice melted and most of the roadways had reopened.

“Those roadways that are open now and in fact we got precipitation, and the experts are saying we won’t, then there’s no need to close those roadways unless there was water on that roadway,” JPSO Public Information Officer Col. John Fortunato said.

Some neighbors braved the cold temperatures to venture outside, like Cindy Lascale and her dog Sophie in old Gretna.

“Sophie keeps scratching by the door so I decided to take her out for a walk,” Lascale said. “It’s not too bad, but it’s windy.”

Stewart Talbot and his buddy Reese Spinnato spent part of their weather day off from school on the basketball court.

"It’s very, very cold,” Talbot said.

“I really wish it would have snowed,” Spinnato added. “But, it only sleeted just a little bit.”

DOTD crews loaded up their spreaders with salt and sand just in case they are needed to melt the ice again tonight.

The JPSO said this will be another good night to stay home.

“We’re going to get another hard freeze today,” Fortunato said. “So, if you don’t have to be on the roadway, stay home, watch a movie, enjoy some time with your family and friends.”