The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that Interstate Highway 20 eastbound at the weigh station in Louisiana is shut down indefinitely.
Traffic came to a standstill Thursday morning due to an 18-wheeler accident that occurred on the Texas side, near the road construction that’s ongoing just right past the state line, entering Louisiana.
In addition to I-20, the accident caused traffic to be backed up on US Highway 80 between Greenwood, La., and Waskom as travelers attempted to use Hwy 80 as a detour.
Lt. Jay Webb with the sheriff’s office said the Louisiana Department of Transportation, which is orchestrating the construction, notified the sheriff’s office of the indefinite closure of the eastbound lanes of I-20.
“This closure is due to the construction that is ongoing in Louisiana approximately a half mile east of the state line,” Webb advised. “To compound the situation, a tractor-trailer has turned over in the construction area and damaged the open lane through the construction.
“This will require repair of the roadway and the shoulders before re-opening the roadway to traffic,” he said. “Please find alternate routes to access FM 169 in Louisiana, then back to I-20.”
The sheriff’s office also noted that I20 and Hwy 80 in Waskom are backed up.
“Please use alternate routes when traveling East,” HCSO advised on the department’s Facebook page.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office also posted a directive to travelers on its Facebook page, requesting that motorists take an alternate right, such as Texas Farm-to-Market 9 to US 79 to Buncombe Road as I-20 eastbound at the Texas state line will still be closed at rush hour tonight.
“And remember to watch out for first responders who will be directing traffic until the road is reopened,” Caddo Parish officials said.