Many major Gulf Coast roads still closed

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Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are all reporting numerous road closings because of damage from Hurricane Katrina.

In Louisiana, all roads into and out of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish and Plaquemine Parish are closed.

Also closed are major highways west of Lake Pontchartrain: Interstate 10 east of U.S. 51, I-55 south of I-10 and U.S. 51 between Ponchatoula and La Place.

U.S. 61 South at the St. John the Baptist Parish line is closed.

U.S. 61 South at Kenner City and U.S. 90 at I-310 in St. Charles Parish are closed.

In Jefferson Parish, I-10 East at Causeway Boulevard, River Road at the Orleans Parish line, U.S. 61 South at Shrewsbury Road and U.S. 90 at the Orleans Parish line are closed.

Alabama has listed only one road as closed, and that in the northwest part of the state – SR-44 in Marion County, thanks to an earthslide – but it has listed a number of roads as “under advisory,” meaning exercise extreme caution.

Alabama roads under advisory are SR-182 in Baldwin County; SR-17 and U.S. 84 in Choctaw County; SR-154 and SR-69 in Clarke County; SR-69 in Marengo County; SR-171 and SR-44 in Marion County; I-10 westbound, U.S. 90 westbound, U.S. 98 and SR-193 in Mobile County; U.S. 11, U.S. 80 and SR-17 in Sumter County; SR-7 and SR-69 in Tuscaloosa County; and SR-56, SR-17 and U.S. 45 in Washington County.

Roads closed in Mississippi include all of I-10, all of U.S. 90, U.S. 49 from Seminary to Gulfport, Highway 63 from Lucedale to Moss Point, Highway 607 from I-10 to the Stennis Space Center, U.S. 84 from Collins to Waynesboro, U.S. 98 from Hattiesburg southeast to the state line, Highway 43 from U.S. 90 to I-10, Highway 57 from U.S. 90 to I-10, all of I-110, Highway 605 from I-10, and I-59 from Laurel southwest to the Louisiana state line.

The Mississippi DOT also asks motorists to exercise extreme caution, thanks to excessive debris, on I-55, I-20, U.S. 49 from Seminary to Jackson, and I-59 north of Laurel.

For more information on road closings, visit these official websites.

  • Alabama: http://www.dot.state.al.us/closures/
  • Mississippi:http://www.gomdot.com
  • Louisiana: http://www.lsp.org/roadandincident.nsf/$ViewAll?OpenView.