BSO gives update on winter weather closures, accidents

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A patrol vehicle seen keeping motorists from crossing closed bridge at LA 154 across Lake Bistineau. Courtesy of BSO.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has announced the closure of Bossier Sheriff’s Office substations for Wednesday, Feb. 25, which include Highway 3, Viking Drive and Arthur Ray Teague, due to the weather.

BSO deputy works a call in Benton. Courtesy of the Bossier Sheriff's Office.
BSO deputy works a call in Benton. Courtesy of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office services at the Bossier Parish Courthouse will also be closed Wednesday.  Additionally, Operation Blessing food bank program will not be open Wednesday for pickup or delivery, but will resume the following Wednesday.

Sheriff Whittington participated in a conference call with area officials Tuesday afternoon to determine the best course of action for public safety throughout the parish Wednesday as another round of wintery weather heads our way.  Roadway conditions continue to remain poor, and the National Weather Service says it will only get worse after midnight Tuesday when wintery conditions are predicted with sleet and snow.

Bossier deputies responded to 87 weather related calls on the roadways of Bossier Parish over the past 34-hour period starting at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 through 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24.  Deputies have assisted motorists with stranded or stalled vehicles, worked crashes and aided motorists along the roadways.  There have been no reported major crashes or injuries.

Road closures in Bossier Parish continue to be the Benton Road overpass in Bossier City, I-220 and the Highway 154 bridge over Lake Bistineau.  Deputies have reported drivers attempting to cross the Bistineau bridge, which remains closed for public safety.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling on roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses.   Updates on further road conditions and closures will be made as they become available.