DOTD's holiday road advisory gets you to grandma's safe and on time

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Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:30am

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has released an advisory of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana during the holiday season from Tuesday, December 24, through Thursday, January 2.

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urges all drivers to use extra caution when traveling during the upcoming holiday season. LeBas also stresses the importance of minding obeying speed limits in construction zones, and also obeying the signage at railroad crossings.
Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.
 

Southeast Louisiana
• All lanes will remain open to traffic in the following corridors: In the New Orleans area, I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 In St. Tammany Parish, of I-59, I-10, and I-12.
• In the Hammond area, I-12 and I-55.
• In East Baton Rouge Parish, I-10, I-12 and I-110.
• In Livingston Parish, I-12.

Southwest Louisiana
All lanes will remain open to traffic in the following corridors:
• In the Lafayette area, I-10 and I-49.
• In the Lake Charles area, I-10 and I-210.
Closures will include:
• In St. Landry Parish, the Grand Prairie rest area located on I-49 and the boat launch to access Dubisson Lake are closed to travelers while undergoing renovations.
• In Vermillion Parish, La. 35 between La. 14 and La. 335 will remain closed to traffic.

Central Louisiana
• There are no closures planned for Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes.
Northeast Louisiana
• In the Monroe area, all lanes of I-20 will remain open to traffic and there will be no lane closures on major routes in the area.
• In Caldwell Parish, construction is underway on La. 847, between the intersection of U.S. 165 and La. 133. Drivers may experience minor delays because of activity in this area.

Northwest Louisiana
• In the Shreveport-Bossier City area, all lanes of I-20, I-220 and I-49 will remain open to traffic. In Shreveport, La. 511 (70th Street) will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Creswell Avenue and Fern Avenue due to road construction.

Oversize/overweight vehicle movement
DOTD announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Tuesday, December 24; Wednesday, December 25; Tuesday, December 31; and Wednesday, January 1.  LeBas said the decision was made in conjunction with Louisiana State Police, to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during this holiday.
DOTD’s Truck Permit Office will also be closed on December 24 through December 25 and December 31 through January 1.

Further information
You can access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511 on your phone (1-888-762-3511 for out-of state) or by visiting www.511la.org

The website allows you to view traffic cameras for Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Hammond/Northshore, Houma, Lake Charles, Monroe/West Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport/Bossier.

DOTD‘s “Way to Geaux” app gives you receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts and is available for download on iPhone and Android. The app is hands-free and eyes free according to DOTD.

You can also call DOTD’s Customer Service Center with questions about road closures not listed above or any other DOTD-related questions. Call (225) 379-1232 or (1-877-452-3683) with questions. The center’s business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center will be closed Tuesday, December 24; Wednesday, December 25; Tuesday December 31; and Wednesday, January 1.

If you notice any road hazards, such as potholes or debris in the road, you are urged to call DOTD’s statewide, toll-free Highway Safety Hot Line at 1-800-259-HWAY (4929). The automated system operates 24-hours-a-day and routes callers to the appropriate field office to report hazardous conditions.
 

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