DOTD issues severe weather travel advisory
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:43:01 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. – With the possibility of heavy rain and flooding in the forecast, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and to stay off the roads whenever possible.

At this time, DOTD will be monitoring the roadways for possible flooding and to close any roads if needed.

During severe weather conditions, motorists are encouraged to adhere to the following driving safety tips:

• Drive slowly and carefully
• Avoid driving while distracted
• Avoid driving through standing water
• Allow for extra driving time
• Reduce speeds when visibility is low
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles

As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.

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.