DOTD announces all weather related road closures are now open
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 1:59:00 PM

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

DOTD announces all weather related road closures are now open

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that I-49, I-220, the Benton Road Overpass and the Lake Bistineau Bridge in Bienville Parish are open to the traveling public.

DOTD closed the roadways on January 15th due to accumulation of ice on the bridges.

More than 200 DOTD staff members across the district responded to weather-related work within the seven parishes of Northwest Louisiana, utilizing more than 35 trucks, 280 barricades, and more than 200,000 pounds of salt. Additionally, crews also responded to clear roadways of fallen trees and limbs.

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

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.