I-49, I-220, Bienville Parish
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:56:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Susan Stafford
1/16/2013 318-549-8402

DOTD in the process of re-opening roads

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that it is in the process of re-opening I-49, I-220, Benton Road Overpass and the Lake Bistineau Bridge in Bienville Parish to the traveling public. DOTD expects all roads to be open by mid-day.

Notification of openings will be announced.

During winter weather conditions, motorists should:
- reduce speed
- plan for additional travel time
- avoid distracted driving
- provide additional spacing between vehicles to allow for longer stopping distances

Motorists should be aware that ice will form on bridges and overpasses before the roadway. Icing of bridges, overpasses, and elevated surfaces can begin to occur when the temperatures near 35 degrees.

Travelers should also be on the lookout for black ice---a thin, transparent layer of ice accumulation that can be visually hard to detect on bridges, overpasses, 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. 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 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 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.