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DOTD recommends alternate routes during I-10 closure in Baton Rouge


With I-10 closed between the 10/12 split and Siegen because of a crash, DOTD is recommending several alternate routes.

DOTD is continuously working with the City of Baton Rouge to synchronize traffic signals along these routes in order to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible. However, motorists should expect significant delays.

- Airline Hwy. (US 61)

- Perkins Road (LA 427)

- Jefferson Hwy. (LA 73)

- Florida Blvd. (US 190)

- Burbank Dr. (LA 42)

- Nicholson Dr. (LA 30)

- College Dr.

- Essen Lane (LA 3064)

- Bluebonnet Blvd. (LA 1248)

- Siegen Lane (LA 3246)/ Sherwood Forest Blvd.

All traffic lights on US 61 (Airline Highway) and Hwy. 190 (Florida Blvd.) have been placed in Priority Route Status to keep traffic flowing because it is an alternate route for the interstate system. They are extending the green lights, but they do change to allow side traffic to go.

The ramp from I-12 West onto I-10 is still closed.  I-10 East traffic is being routed onto I-12 East at the 10/12 split.  I-10 West traffic is being detoured at Siegen.  The I-10 on-ramps at Essen and Bluebonnet are closed.

According to State Police, the closure may last through the night and possibly into Thursday morning.

State Police say the crash happened on I-10 East at Essen when a car flipped around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.  A tanker truck carrying isobutane stopped for the accident and was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler hauling beer.

Isobutane is an extremely flammable gas similar to the propane used in gas grills.  The wreck caused a leak on the tanker, which was carrying 9,000 gallons of isobutane.

LSP says the gas must be transferred to another tanker before the scene can be cleared.  The process will take time because the valves used to transfer the isobutane were damage in the crash.

The process to replace those damaged valves is both dangerous and tedious. The gas will continue to leak until the valves are replaced and the isobutane is off-loaded.

DEQ is doing air checks, testing samples to make sure the gas isn't spreading too much. So far, it is all clear.

The crash is still under investigation.

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