Road Closures Due To Weather [READ CURRENT REPORT]

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Updated By: Bailey Myers

January 29, 2014, 11pm

Tallahassee FL-Schools weren't the only thing shut down today. Many roads were closed as well, because of the weather. Freezing temperatures and sleet shut down a huge stretch of 1-10-- from Tallahassee to Pensacola.

"My wife was expecting me home tonight for some homemade fried chicken and mashed potatoes...Whelp, There goes that idea," Larry Johnson, one Truck driver from Mississippi told us.

He was one of the hundreds of travelers and Truck Drivers are stranded in the Big Bend following the shut down of nearly two hundred and seventy miles or road along I-10 spanning from Monticello, Florida to Mobile, Alabama.

"This is supposed to be Florida. It's supposed to be 70 or 80 degrees. Not twenty nine with snow sleet and freezing rain and all that garbage," said Johnson.

Freezing rain coupled with dropping temperatures leads to freezing roads which mean the possibility of black ice. As Mark Welch with the Florida Highway Patrol explained, "When you get to the overpasses that have frozen over and you hit that patch of ice...You were talking about that friction earlier that's where you loose friction. And the car is not going to go where you want it to go and it's going to end up hitting the walls."

Johnson told us him and the truckers made it, "As far as Tallahassee here this morning they shut it down. I never seen anything like it throughout the whole southeast. You know? The roads are closed from here all the way to Jackson I can't get home."

Although many are stuck, others are prospering from highway shutdown, including area restaurants and gas stations. The manager of the Denny's manager, Aunial Almonoo said, "Well today I came in and I've been having you know some business while the roads are being closed and it's really to our advantage."

We were told this Denny's hasn't seen this much traffic in awhile so despite the weather causing delay's for truckers things are good for local businessmen.

The Florida Department of Transportation told us they are working with Florida Highway Patrol to monitor the roadways and are hoping to open the roads up by tomorrow or Friday. We will be following this story as it develops.


News Release: Florida Department of Transportation

Chipley –Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) crews are diligently working to maintain and keep all roads passable in Northwest Florida. As the wintery mixture moves east, freezing rain has forced the closure of Interstate 10 (I-10) in the Panhandle. At this time, Interstate 10 (I-10) is closed to all traffic in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Gadsden, Leon and Jefferson Counties, from the Florida/Alabama state line east to Mile Marker 233 near County Road 257 in Jefferson County. I-10 rest areas are open and facilities accessible.

Tolls remain 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.

Weather conditions continue to deteriorate creating hazardous road conditions. FDOT encourages residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless it is an emergency. 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.


Updated By: FHP

January 29, 2014, 9:30pm

I-10 is shut down from Escambia County to Mile Marker 233 near Monticello.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department

Due to the weather, TPD has portions of several roadways shutdown in Tallahassee. TPD is asking all motorists to stay off the road as the temperature is dropping and wet roadways are beginning to ice over.

The following roadways are currently closed:


  • Apalachee Parkway between Calhoun and Franklin Boulevard

  • Capital Circle Northeast to Raymond Diehl Road

Additionally, motorists are urged to avoid Orange Avenue and SpringHill Road as there are several areas of ice that pose a risk to drivers.


News Release: Florida Department of Transportation

Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to wintery weather conditions. FDOT crews are diligently working to open and keep all roads passable in Northwest Florida. All efforts are dependent on weather conditions. Roads and bridges will remain open as longs as corridors remain safe.

At this time, Interstate 10 (I-10) remains closed to all traffic in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Gadsden County, from the Florida/Alabama state line east to Mile Marker 192 in Midway (Gadsden County). I-10 Rest areas are open and facilities accessible.

Updates are as follows:

Bay County


  • U.S. 98 Hathaway Bridge – One lane open in each direction across the bridge, expect closures as temperatures decrease. Use extreme caution.

  • State Road 79, West Bay Bridge closed to traffic.

  • U.S. 98, Phillips Inlet Bridge – restricted traffic, expect closures as temperatures decrease.

Escambia County


  • State Road 292 (Barrancas Avenue), Bayou Chico Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • County Road 97A, Boggy Creek Bridge closed to all traffic. Residents should seek alternate routes.

  • State Road 292, Theo Baars Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • U.S. 98, Pensacola Bay Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • I-110 northbound to I-10, closed to all traffic.

  • State Road 10 (U.S. 90) Nine Mile at Alabama State Line.

  • U.S. 98 / Lillian Bridge over Perdido Bay.

Franklin County


  • U.S. 98 John Gorrie Bridge is closed to traffic.

Liberty County


  • State Road 20 Apalachicola River Bridge between Blountstown and Bristol is closed.

Okaloosa County


  • State Road 189 (Lewis Turner Boulevard) from Ranger Camp to General Bond is closed.

  • U.S. 98 Brooks Bridge is closed.

  • State Road 293 at Mid Bay Bridge closed to traffic.

  • U.S. 98 Marler (East Pass) Bridge restricted access, use caution.

Walton County


  • State Road 285 from I-10 to Bob Sikes Road, closed to traffic.

Tolls are suspended until further notice, on the Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has opened a call center to assist motorists in Northwest Florida. Drivers should dial toll-free 888-638-0250 and ask for extension 1199 or dial direct to (850) 330-1199. The center will be operational until 8 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 29 and from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

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. Weather conditions continue to deteriorate creating hazardous road conditions. FDOT encourages residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless it is an emergency.

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.


News Release: Florida Department of Transportation

Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to wintery weather conditions. FDOT crews are diligently working to open and keep passable all roads in Northwest Florida. All efforts are dependent on weather conditions.

At this time, Interstate 10 (I-10) remains closed to all traffic in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, and Gadsden County from the Florida/Alabama state line east to Mile Marker 192 in Midway (Gadsden County). I-10 Rest areas are open and facilities accessible.

Updates are as follows:

Bay County


  • U.S. 98 Hathaway Bridge – closed to traffic.

  • State Road 79, West Bay Bridge closed to traffic.

  • U.S. 98, Phillips Inlet Bridge – restricted traffic, expect closures as temperatures decrease.

Escambia County


  • State Road 292 (Barrancas Avenue), Bayou Chico Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • County Road 97A, Boggy Creek Bridge closed to all traffic. Residents should seek alternate routes.

  • State Road 292, Theo Baars Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • U.S. 98, Pensacola Bay Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • I-110 northbound to I-10, closed to all traffic.

  • State Road 10 (U.S. 90) Nine Mile at Alabama State Line.

  • U.S. 98 / Lillian Bridge over Perdido Bay.

Liberty County


  • State Road 20 Apalachicola River Bridge between Blountstown and Bristol is closed.

Okaloosa County


  • State Road 189 (Lewis Turner Boulevard) from Ranger Camp to General Bond is closed.

  • U.S. 98 Brooks Bridge is closed.

  • State Road 293 at Mid Bay Bridge closed to traffic.

  • U.S. 98 Marler (East Pass) Bridge restricted access, use caution.

Walton County


  • State Road 285 from I-10 to Bob Sikes Road, closed to traffic.

Tolls are suspended until further notice, on the Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has opened a call center to assist motorists in Northwest Florida. Drivers should dial toll-free 888-638-0250 and ask for extension 1199 or dial direct to (850) 330-1199. The center will be operational until 8 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 29 and from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

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. Weather conditions continue to deteriorate creating hazardous road conditions. FDOT encourages residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless it is an emergency.

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.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
January 29, 2014
7pm

The icy conditions - especially on bridges - shut down Interstate 10 today from Gadsden County all the way to the Alabama state line.

The interstate is still closed and it could be all night before that changes.

The cones and flashing lights funnel cars and trucks down to one lane and off the interstate completely at Highway 90 in Midway.

Folks stopping for gas are trying to find another way to head west.

"I find it bizarre...I'm just like, no this doesn't happen in Florida," truck driver Sandra Coulter said. She was hauling orange juice from Central Florida to Oklahoma.

"We had to reroute on secondary roads, dodging 10 all the way," Mark Anthony said.

Icy conditions - especially along bridges - prompted the state to shut down Interstate 10 overnight. It's the first time that ice has forced I-10 to shut down since 1989.

Walter Pearson was trying to reach Panama City.

"And how are you going to get there, do you know?"

"Not yet, i'm counting on that guy there, he just came from that way he told me to take 90 west," Pearson said.

Highway 90 is the only real option right now. It's the only east west corridor where you can still cross the Apalachicola River.

Folks in the tiny town of Chattahoochee haven't seen traffic like this rolling through town in years.

"A lot more traffic than is normal, a lot more," Barbara Toole says as she finished her lunch downtown.

Truckers are stuck at the Flying J truck stop in Midway. Their loads and deliveries are literally on ice until I-10 can re-open.

Again Interstate 10 remains closed from mile marker 192 at Midway all the way to the Alabama line. The highway 20 bridge between Bristol and Blountstown is also closed.

DOT is sanding and monitoring the bridge at 90 between Chattahoochee and Sneads to try to keep at least that one east west option open.

We'll keep you posted.


New Release: Florida Department of Transportation

Road Advisory Update – Number 7

Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to wintery weather conditions.

Interstate 10 (I-10) is closed to all traffic in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, and Gadsden County. The following state roads are closed:

Bay County


  • U.S. 98, Hathaway Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • State Road 79, West Bay Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • U.S. 98, Phillips Inlet Bridge closed to all traffic

Escambia County


  • State Road 292 (Barrancas Avenue), Bayou Chico Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • County Road 97A, Boggy Creek Bridge closed to all traffic. Residents should seek alternate routes.

  • State Road 292, Theo Baars Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • U.S. 98, Pensacola Bay Bridge closed to all traffic.

  • I-110 northbound to I-10, closed to all traffic

  • State Road 10 (U.S. 90) Nine Mile at Alabama State Line

  • U.S. 98 / Lillian Bridge over Perdido Bay

Liberty County


  • State Road 20 Apalachicola River Bridge between Blountstown and Bristol closed to all traffic

Okaloosa County


  • State Road 189 (Lewis Turner Boulevard) from Ranger Camp to General Bond is closed

  • U.S. 98 Brooks Bridge is closed

  • State Road 85 from Live Oak Road to U.S. 90

  • State Road 293 at Mid Bay Bridge

  • U.S. 98 Marler Bridge

Walton County


  • U.S. 98 at Phillips Inlet Bridge is closed to traffic.

  • U.S. 331 / S.R. 83 from SR 2 to CR 185 is closed by local law enforcement due to icy conditions.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has opened a call center to assist motorists in Northwest Florida. Drivers should dial toll-free 888-638-0250 and ask for extension 1199 or dial direct to (850) 330-1199. The center is operational until 4 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 29 and from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

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. Weather conditions continue to deteriorate creating hazardous road conditions. FDOT encourages residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless it is an emergency.

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.


FDOT: Road Advisory Update

WHAT: Roadway Closure

WHERE: I-10 at the Apalachicola River Bridge

WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Florida Highway Patrol has closed both eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 10 at the Apalachicola River Bridge due to dangerous icing conditions caused by wintry weather. Eastbound traffic is being detoured to US-90 via State Road 69 at the 152 mile marker. Westbound traffic is being detoured to US-90 at mile marker 192.


FDOT: Road Advisory Update

Currently, several roads and bridges on the state highway system in Northwest Florida are closed including nearly 200 miles of Interstate 10 (I-10) from the FL/AL line east to mile marker 181 in Gadsden County. FDOT is concentrating all efforts on keeping traffic on U.S. 90 flowing east and west in the panhandle.

Equipment is loaded with dry sand and crews are deployed to affected areas. Crews are monitoring closed roadways for conditions and stranded motorists.

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. Weather conditions continue to deteriorate creating hazardous road conditions. FDOT encourages residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless it is an emergency.

Motorists are reminded to be watchful of other drivers and road conditions and to be on the lookout for iced roads. The combination of moisture and freezing temperatures are ideal to form patches of ice on roads. Drivers should remain alert and drive with care. Drivers are reminded to use caution and drive at a reduced speed during this time.

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.


FDOT: Road Advisory Update

· I-10 closed between Mile Marker 152 (State Road 69), Jackson County east to Mile Marker 181 (State Road 267), Gadsden County.

Currently, crews are deployed throughout the district monitoring state roads and bridges. Dry sand is being spread at identified locations. Tolls are anticipated to be reinstated on the Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County and Mid-Bay Bridge in Okaloosa County Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 8 a.m. CST

Weather conditions continue to deteriorate creating hazardous road conditions. FDOT encourages residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless it is an emergency.

Motorists are reminded to be watchful of other drivers and road conditions and to be on the lookout for iced roads. The combination of moisture and freezing temperatures are ideal to form patches of ice on roads. Drivers should remain alert and drive with care. Drivers are reminded to use caution and drive at a reduced speed during this time.

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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