DOTD urges driving safety during hazardous weather conditions
Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:10:23 PM
BOSSIER CITY, La. -- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that current and forecasted weather conditions may result in hazardous driving conditions on state roads and bridges throughout areas in the state. Motorists should use extreme caution when traveling throughout the next couple of days.

As rain continues, DOTD crews are monitoring road conditions and responding as necessary to remove downed trees or other hazards.

Motorists should watch for flooded roadways and avoid driving into standing or running water. Drivers should also follow these tips when driving during and after a rainfall event:

• Slow down, be attentive, and avoid driving distracted.
• Allow for extra driving time and additional room between vehicles.
• Reduce speed when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
• Do not use your cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
• Be alert for DOTD, other state, and local responders’ equipment and workers performing work on the bridges and roadways.

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

Motorists are encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to beginning commutes by utilizing the following resources for the latest information regarding road conditions:

• MyDOTD: Motorists can receive automatic and up-to-date information on local projects, lane and road closures, and other DOTD activity by signing up for MyDOTD at

• 511 Traveler Information: Travelers can also find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).

• Way to Geaux smartphone application: The app can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.