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January 28, 2014

Winter storm — Road, bridge closures for Tuesday

— Rainbow, Veterans Memorial, MLK, Causeway and ICC bridges closed

As of Tuesday, Jan. 28 the following bridges are currently closed:

• Martin Luther King Bridge to Pleasure Island

• Rainbow and Veteran’s Memorial bridges

• Intracoastal Bridge to and from Sabine Pass

• Causeway Bridge to Pleasure Island

Port Arthur Police Department are monitoring the roads and overpasses. Updates will be made as information becomes available.

Beaumont road, bridge closings

The Purple Heart/Neches River bridge is currently open with the hope it will stay passable; however, highways in Beaumont are becoming heavily iced. At about 1 p.m. actions were being taken to close all overpasses in Beaumont on IH 10, Eastex Frwy, and Cardinal Drive and move all traffic to service roads, so traffic may not start moving very quickly.

TxDOT is assisting with signage and the media is asked to encourage the public to use alternative routes through Beaumont if possible. Meanwhile crews are working to keep the service roads passable and get traffic moving. Traffic on MLK Pkwy over Park and Pennsylvania streets has also been moved to the service roads.

An alternative route is available for Eastbound IH10 traffic using Major to 105 Eastex, then north through Lumberton and Evadale and Buna, to highway 105 and back to IH10. Another eastbound alternative is College east to MLK then north to E. Lucas, then west to Eastex Frwy, and north through Lumberton.

An alternative route for westbound IH10 traffic leaving Orange is to use Hwy 105 in Vidor then to Evadale and north on 96 through Lumberton to Hwy 105 then west to Major, then south to IH10.

In anticipation of falling temperatures and potential icing, Beaumont officials have closed the following bridges in the city of Beaumont:

• Maury Meyers Bridge over I-10

• Lindbergh Overpass (Lindbergh Street. at College Street.)

• Dowlen Road Overpass (Dowlen Road at College Street.)

• Brooks Road Overpass over I-10

• Major Drive Overpass over I-10

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