Louisiana motorists can access travel info resources

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, December 23, 2014

From staff reports

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is reminding motorists to use traveler resources and practice extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

For traveling convenience, motorists can access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511 from their telephone.

The voice-activated 511 Traveler Information System is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System website, 511la.org.

Another option is to utilize the new “Way to Geaux” application to receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts.

The hands-free, eyes-free smartphone application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

DOTD’s Customer Service Center representatives can answer questions about road closures not listed above or any other DOTD-related questions.

Call 225-379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683) with questions.

The center’s business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Customer Service Center will be closed Thursday, Friday, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

Drivers are encouraged to tune in to local radio stations for current traffic and incident information prior to traveling.

Drivers who notice road hazards, such as potholes or debris in the road, are urged to call DOTD’s statewide, toll-free Highway Safety Hot Line at 1-800-259-HWAY (4929). The automated system operates 24-hours-a-day and routes callers to the appropriate field office to report hazardous conditions.

Additionally, all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Thursday, Friday, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Louisiana Department of Transportation’s Truck Permit Office will also be closed Thursday, Friday, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. The Truck Permit Office will reopen Jan. 5.