Ice has been detected on roadways and bridges in numerous counties in Central and South Mississippi.
The public is encouraged to stay off roadways in these areas and limit travel only in case of emergency. MDOT encourages the traveling public to pay attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, local law enforcement and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Travel on I-55 S is restricted for commercial vehicles and trucks at this time due to icy road conditions in Copiah County.
MDOT is reporting these road and bridge closures:
· The Highway 84/61 (Natchez) Flyover Bridge in Adams County.
· Highway 513 at Highway 514 in Clarke County.
· I-59 northbound near the Lauderdale County line in Clarke County.
· The bridge to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Copiah County.
· US 49 S from Highway 589 to Highway 42 in Covington County.
· I-59 at exit 60 in Forrest County, all lanes impassable.
· I-59 S at US 98 W/Hardy Street E exit 65 in Forrest County.
· SR 42 (Evelyn Gandy Parkway) closed between Leeville Road and Old Richton Road in Forrest County.
· US 90 Bay St. Louis Bridge in Hancock County.
· SR 605 at the Wilkes Draw Bridge in Harrison County.
· The Popp’s Ferry Bridge in Harrison County.
· The Bayou Portage Bridge in Harrison County.
· The David Larosa Bridge in Harrison County.
· SR 53 at Lizana School Road in Harrison County.
· The Highway 90 Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge in Harrison and Jackson Counties.
· Fort Bayou Draw Bridge on SR 609 in Jackson County.
· Highway 84 Bypass at Prentiss in Jefferson Davis County.
· I-59 exit ramps closed by City of Laurel at exits 93, 95C, 96B and 97 in Jones County.
· MS 15 between MS 537 and Stringer in Jones County.
· Highway 42 west of New Hebron in Lawrence County.
· Highway 48 from Magnolia Progress Road to Magnolia city limits in Pike County.
· Highway 28 in Simpson County.
· Highway 35 from Highway 18 to Highway 481 in Smith County.
· Highway 18 a half mile east of the Rankin County and Smith County line in Smith County.
MDOT crews are monitoring the state’s interstates and highways, and motorists are encouraged to stay off roadways affected by winter weather, but should follow these safety tips if required to travel in case of emergency.
Motorists who must travel in areas affected by this winter weather event need to:
o buckle up for safety,
o drive safely,
o stay alert and
o slow down, especially when driving in winter weather conditions.
The public is asked to report patches of ice accumulation that could impact traffic to local law enforcement agencies.
For more information on how weather is affecting travel conditions in your area:
o sign up for travel alerts at www.MDOTtraffic.com,
o dial 511 in Mississippi or 866-521-6368 out of Mississippi
o “like” MDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MississippiDOT,
o follow MDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MississippiDOT or
o download the MDOT Traffic app in the Google Play or Apple App stores.