DOTD prepares for another night of hard freeze; roadway closures possible
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:13:05 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. – As the threat of severe weather continues, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will keep monitoring all state roadway and bridges. If during inspections, a roadway or bridge is deemed unsafe, it may be closed. 

For a second consecutive night, ice has the potential to develop on interstates, highways and surface streets and can present roadway challenges as temperatures are forecasted to hover around freezing in many areas. 

DOTD will continue its salting and de-icing efforts throughout the night and will pre-treat some portions of the interstates and major corridors to keep them open as long as possible.

Although most roads have reopened, DOTD continues to stress to motorists to stay off the roads – particularly at night – whenever possible. Motorists should limit any activity to emergency travel only and use extra caution if driving during hazardous weather conditions.

During winter weather conditions, DOTD suggests for motorists to follow these five safety tips:
1. Drive slowly, carefully, and avoid driving while distracted
2. Allow for extra driving time
3. Reduce speeds when visibility is low
4. Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles
5. 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

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System 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
Additionally, motorists can 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.