Harrison County Sheriff’s Office: Eastbound lanes of 1-20 closed on Louisiana side of border

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office: Eastbound lanes of 1-20 closed on Louisiana side of border
Traffic is backed up in Greenwood, Louisiana, after wrecks forced the closure of I-20's eastbound lanes. (Source: Greenwood Police Department)

The Greenwood Police Department is now routing eastbound Interstate 20 traffic to Highway 80 in the wake of a second crash that has occurred on I-20.

According to a Facebook post, the Greenwood Police Department in Louisiana is no longer allowing traffic to turn north onto LA 169 from Highway 80.

“Too many 18-wheelers want to turn north onto 169 from I-20,” the Facebook post stated. “This clogs the entire roadway because the turn lane is not large enough to accommodate these large vehicles.”

The post said they can either get two 18-wheelers that want to turn north through the intersection, or they can get eight to 12 vehicles through by sending them east on Highway 80.

“The officers in the intersection cannot afford to be distracted by motorists wanting to ask questions, directions, and ARGUE with them,” the Facebook post stated. “Do what the officer says and continue eastbound on Hwy. 80 another two miles, and you can get on I-20 east at MM 5.”

In addition, the GPD Facebook post said people should not call the police department to ask why they can’t turn or to complain about being stuck in traffic.

“This distracts the dispatcher from her job of answering emergency calls , dealing with people walking into the PD, and dispatching officers to those calls on the radio," the Facebook post stated.

The post also cautioned motorists that if there is a sign posted saying there is no left turn and officers are saying the same thing, you can’t turn left legally.

Source: Greenwood Police Department
Source: Greenwood Police Department (Source: Greenwood Police Department)

From the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (News Release) - Louisiana Department of Transportation has notified the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office that Interstate 20 in the eastbound lanes will be closed for an indefinite period.

This closure is due to the construction that is ongoing in Louisiana approximately a half mile east of the state line. To compound the situation, a tractor-trailer has turned over in the construction area and damaged the open lane through the construction. This will require repair of the roadway and the shoulders before re-opening the roadway to traffic.

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