POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:30pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that department staff is prepared to deal with winter weather and icy road conditions.
DOTD emergency personnel continually monitor weather forecasts and are prepared to mobilize crews as needed in the event the state is threatened by severe weather conditions. District crews are currently patching pot holes, but are prepared to transition to addressing snow and ice if necessary. In addition, DOTD crews have checked supply inventories and are prepared to apply sand and salt over any affected bridges and roadways. Crews are also equipped to remove fallen trees from the roadway.
District personnel will work through the night to carefully monitor road conditions. DOTD will be working with state police to determine if a road or portion of a road needs to be closed due to unsafe conditions. Citizens can report weather-related conditions by contacting the district office at 225-231-4100.
DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible.
During winter weather conditions, motorists should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. Always allow for extra driving time, reduce speeds when visibility is low, and make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles. Also, look out for black ice-- a thin transparent layer of ice accumulation that can be visually hard to detect on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps and in shady spots. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.
Citizens can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System simply by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org .
Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.