Traffic: I-81 southbound lanes reopen

      State transportation officials say they'll continue to monitor ice jams that forced the closure of a bridge that carries Interstate 81 over a northern New York creek.

      Department of Transportation officials tell local media outlets that a 15-mile stretch of southbound lanes of I-81 between Exit 43 and 38 in Jefferson County reopened Sunday morning after being shut down on Friday because of an ice jam at a bridge that runs over Sandy Creek in Adams, 55 miles north of Syracuse.

      Southbound traffic was diverted to Route 11 during the shutdown. The northbound lanes remained opened.

      I-81 was shut down in both directions by severe weather earlier last week.