The Beaumont Police Department issued the following advisory Tuesday afternoon:
NWS expects more precipitation through this evening in the Beaumont area. Highway conditions are extremely icy and hazardous at this time and IH10 had to be closed in the City for safety purposes. There have been intermittent closures of the Purple Heart (Neches River) bridge, but the goal is to keep it open. Since the Memorial and Rainbow bridges in Port Arthur (Hwy 87) are closed, the remaining alternative routes involve transit through Lumberton on Hwy69N.
Currently, the two alternatives provided for eastbound IH10 traffic include:
1. Exit at Walden Road then go west to Major Drive, head north past College and go straight to Tram Road, then East toward Eastex FWY, then head north toward Lumberton take 96 to Evadale, at HWY 105 go east to IH10
2. Take the Walden Exit and go west to Major Drive, then north to College, then an option of continuing straight to Tram, or east to MLK, then north to IH10 and back over the Purple Heart Bridge if it's open
Westbound IH10 traffic is diverted to the service road just west of the Purple Heart Bridge after entering the City, and then options include remaining on the service road west or turning north or south on MLK.
NWS does anticipate the weather clearing up Wednesday morning which will potentially help melt the ice before noon.
Weather conditions permitting, the City of Beaumont plans to open City offices at 1PM Wednesday afternoon and expects all employees to be available for normal assigned duties by that time.