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I-10 detour routes - Cameron sheriff on La. 27: 'It's a bad plan to come this way'

I-10 detour (Source: DOTD) I-10 detour (Source: DOTD)
LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

With the closure of I-10 at the Louisiana-Texas state line due to flooding, motorists are looking for alternate routes.

Authorities have released detour plans: Texas DOT is urging commercial traffic to take I-20, while Louisiana State Police is recommending all other traffic to detour to U.S. 190, which can be reached from I-10 in Louisiana via U.S. 171, U.S. 165 and I-49.

Authorities are continuing to discourage drivers from taking La. 27 and La. 82 through Cameron Parish, however.

The extra traffic that has gone through Cameron since I-10 closed Tuesday has been "more than the highway can handle," Cameron Sheriff Ron Johnson said.

He said there is construction, plus two bridges in Louisiana, plus more construction in Texas.

"This is not a detour, try to avoid this area," he said. “It’s a bad plan to come this way, you’re going to be held up quite a while.”

Here more from Ron Johnson here:

Anyone taking the La. 27, La. 82 route should expect long delays, while U.S. 190 has been moving steadily, said Sgt. James Anderson, with Louisiana State Police Troop D.

"(Highway 27 and Highway 82) are EXTREMELY congested due to a high volume of traffic," said Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. "Motorists are advised to avoid this route. Anyone choosing to take this route can expect exceptionally long delays."

For more on the I-10 closure, click HERE.

Detour routes: 

I-10 Westbound

  • I-10 to I-49 to I-20 (into Texas) to I-10

I-10 Eastbound

  • I-20 (into Louisiana) to I-49 to I-10

Other possible alternatives:

  • Hwy. 6 west, out of Many, across the Toledo Bend Reservoir into Texas.
  • Hwy. 84 west, in Logansport, into Texas.
  • U.S. 190, west of Merryville and DeRidder, has reopened.
  • Local traffic: Hwy. 27 south into Cameron Parish to the coast, then turn west onto Hwy. 82, into Texas. (STATE POLICE ADVISE TO AVOID THIS ROUTE BECAUSE IT IS HEAVILY CONGESTED)

STILL CLOSED: La. 12 and La. 8 over the Sabine River remains shut down.

Sulphur, Leesville and DeRidder sent out news releases advising drivers to expect increased traffic.

Sulphur police will be directing traffic north on Beglis Parkway (La. 27).

In Leesville, a no-left turn regulation is currently in place in the construction zone on U.S. 171 between W. Schweitzer Avenue and Boone Street. It  will be strictly enforced, according to Leesville Chief of Police Greg Hill.

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.

As a result of Interstate 10 westbound being closed, traffic is now being diverted at Interstate 10 at the Toomey Starks exit.

The Lake Charles Police Department has officers all along U.S. 171, north of Interstate 10, to help facilitate traffic flow. A command center has been set up on U.s. 171 at Poe Street to help drivers.

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