DOTD reminds citizens of 511 Traveler Information System
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00:00 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. – With bad weather settling over Louisiana, The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reminds citizens they can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System.

 The new voice-activated 511 Traveler Information Service is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. The service allows callers to access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents simply by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information.

Travelers can also access information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at Here, travelers can check out driving conditions by choosing a particular region of the state. By knowing road conditions before leaving home, motorists can make critical decisions about their trips.

DOTD keeps the system’s construction and weather-related information updated, and Louisiana State Police updates information about incidents or road closures that significantly affect traffic.

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 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions.