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I-10 closure brings traffic, business to US-190

While I-10 West lanes were closed for 48 hours after a deadly fiery crash people still had to get where they needed to go.

I-49 South was one of the many ways people avoided the I-10 West closure this week and to get there you pass through towns like Port Barre, Krotz Springs and Opelousas on US-190. It’s a silver-lining for businesses but a slight inconvenience for locals.

“It was backed up probably a good four or five miles at a standstill.”

Linx Specialty Meats sits right off of US 190 and started seeing traffic pick up on Monday.

Jessica LeBlanc, operations manager says, “One of my employees told me there was a crash that happened on I-10 and from that point we started to see a lot more traffic coming through but at first no, we didn’t know we just noticed a lot more cars and trucks passing.”

It’s only gotten busier since then.

LeBlanc says, “Especially on the other side of the highway, backed up past King’s and going into Opelousas. We’ve seen it backed up well so it’s a lot more traffic in both directions and backing up because it’s just not used to this amount of traffic.”

With the release of their special chicken sandwich on Monday their using this detour to their advantage. But for locals who are just trying to get in their daily errands traffic can be a hassle.

Stacey Fontenot says, “I actually live in Krotz Springs and it took a. Lot to get to the gas stations out there because you couldn’t get in on the highway to get to where you wanted to go.”

Knowing it won’t last forever makes driving through town manageable.

It’s a lot better today (Wednesday). You’ll get those little where there’s a lot of traffic and then all of a sudden it clears up and then a little while later you see a lot of traffic again.”

I-10 West lanes opened back up Wednesday afternoon. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is working to get a contractor to make concrete repairs to the bridge as soon as possible. Details will be announced in the near future.

For more information on the deadly crash that caused closures on I-10 West, click here.