FHP Announces Reopening Of Another Segment Of I-10

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Updated By: Garin Flowers

January 30, 2014, 11pm

Throughout the day today, state officials felt more confident about conditions on I-10 and fully opened it back up before 6pm.

Interstate 10 was a ghost town after the Florida Highway Patrol shut down more than 200 miles of it. FHP says bridges on the highway started to form ice causing dangerous conditions. But, now it's reopened and things are back to normal.

"Safety, safety is the biggest thing."

The Midway exit, mile marker 92, was one of the initial spots closed. Police Chief Jerome Turner says they were prepared.

"On Monday we of course alerted ourselves to probably go into a level one alert status and then from there we just begun to prepare, watch the weather reports," said Turner.

Wednesday night, I-10 was shut down from Jefferson county all the way to the Alabama state line. Lots of truck drivers and travelers plans were re-routed.

FHP has a few tips to help out while driving during freezing temperatures:

  • Reduce your speed in icy or rainy conditions.

  • Stay alert; in freezing temps it may seem like the roadway is wet when ice is forming.

  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

  • Get off the road if conditions seem unsafe.

Updated By: Garin Flowers

January 30, 2014, 6pm

There's not much traffic on I-10 anymore. Cars are moving through with no problem.

I-10 travelers can get back on with no problems at this point.

The Florida Highway Patrol shut the highway down because of ice forming around several bridges on I-10, so here are some safety tips for drivers.

  • Reduce your speed in icy or rainy conditions.

  • Stay alert; in freezing temps it may seem like the roadway is wet when ice is forming.

  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

  • Get off the road if conditions seem unsafe.

Updated By: Garin Flowers

January 30, 2014, 5:30pm

Traffic is now flowing smoothly in our area since I-10 has been reopened.

I-10 seems to be back to normal in our area.

This highway off the Midway exit ramp was shut off all the way from the Alabama state line until the Jefferson County line, and a lot of people are probably asking why.

The Florida Highway Patrol says because ice and sleet were forming around several bridges which could cause car accidents. They wanted to prevent that from happening, so once those bridges iced over, they decided to shut it down.

On the other end, once they felt like the bridges were thawing out, they felt comfortable to reopen the highway.

Updated By: Garin Flowers

January 30, 2014, 5pm

Last night as of 9pm, I-10 was shut down from Jefferson County all the way through the Alabama state line.

Now cars can travel west all the way to the Bonifay exit, Mile Marker 112, which is still closed for 112 miles up to Alabama.

So I-10 travelers in our viewing area can certainly get back on with no problem at this point.

About an hour ago we checked on the truck stop locations in Midway, and they were clearing up.

News Release: FHP

Updated: January 30, 2014, 4pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Florida Highway Patrol announces that another section of Interstate 10 has reopened this afternoon as weather conditions continue to improve in the Florida Panhandle. The latest segment of I-10 to reopen to traffic is an 80 mile stretch running from Midway west to the Bonifay exit (mile marker 112) in Holmes County. The latest opening means that 112 miles of I-10 extending from Bonifay to the Alabama state line remains closed at this hour. Conditions along that section of highway continue to be monitored.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Florida Highway Patrol announces that a 31-mile section of Interstate 10 in the eastern half of the Panhandle has re-opened to traffic after being closed yesterday due to icy conditions caused by the winter storm that moved through the area this week.

Travel is once again permitted on I-10 from mile marker 192 in Gadsden County to mile marker 233 in Jefferson County. The re-opening of that segment of the highway means I-10 is open from Midway to Jacksonville.

FHP is still urging extreme caution while driving on I-10 near the Midway exit as traffic continues to be diverted to U.S. 90 since I-10 west of Midway to the Alabama border remains closed.

January 30, 2014, 1:30pm

According to FHP, I-10 lanes are now opened from Midway, exit 192, eastbound to Jacksonville, and from exit 233 westbound to exit 192.

January 30, 2014, 1:10pm

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, I-10 eastbound lanes are now open from exit 196 to exit 233.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. -- More than 200 miles of I-10 remains closed, and the highway is still blocked off from Jefferson County all the way to the Florida-Alabama border, which includes all Tallahassee exits in Leon county.

The Tallahassee Police Department and the Flordia Highway Patrol have blocked off all of the on and off ramps in both directions.

County crews are still out putting sand and dirt on bridges and overpasses to help alleviate the icy conditions, and troopers are directing drivers to find an alternative route.

"We're not kidding you," John Schultz, Florida Highway Patrol Officer says. "You're gonna have some time. You're going to be patient, Patience is a virtue you're going to be stuck in traffic. If you have a doctors appointment trying to get the kids to school just please be patient make a phone call ahead everybody take a little longer to get to work."

Currently there are about a dozen semi trucks parked in the southbound lanes on Thomasville Road by I-10 as truckers wait for the reopening.

FHP says they hope to have the highway open sometime this afternoon.

News Release: Florida Department of Transportation

Chipley – Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Three assessment teams will begin evaluating state roadways in the panhandle at day break, Thursday, Jan. 30. The department anticipates opening lanes on I-10 late Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30 once temperatures rise and ice begins melting.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Northwest Florida call center will be open to assist motorists from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30. Drivers should dial toll-free 888-638-0250 and ask for extension 1199 or dial direct to (850) 330-1199.

Tolls are suspended until further notice, on the Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County. Regional road advisories are posted on Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on Interstate 10 in Pensacola and Tallahassee. Overhead Message Boards are posting roadway information in Bay County. FDOT encourages residents to use caution while traveling.

Drivers may call Florida 511 from their mobile phones. Additionally, updates will be provided as conditions develop at the following: www.FL511.com; @myfdot_nwfl; d3sunguide.com.

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