BATON ROUGE, La. – With the possibility of snow and rain in the forecast for late Friday night and early Saturday morning, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that department staff is prepared to deal with winter weather.
Maintenance forces will be on standby to apply sand and salt over any affected bridges and roadways, to remove fallen trees from the roadway, and to close any roads as needed.
DOTD Secretary William D. Ankner, Ph.D., urges motorists to take the threat of winter weather seriously. "We encourage drivers to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible," Ankner said. "DOTD will do everything possible to keep Louisiana’s highways and interstate system open in the event of snow."
During winter weather conditions, the best thing motorists can do is 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, which can form 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. 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 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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