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DOTD says it's prepared for 3 days of wintry weather

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The DOTD released the following news release Thursday:

Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that its staff is equipped to respond in the event of adverse weather. Forecasts call for a slight chance of sleet/frozen rain throughout the state over the next three days.

So far, DOTD has set up staging sites for deicing material and equipment deployment throughout the state. Supply inventories and equipment have been checked, and crews are prepared to address any affected bridges and roadways. DOTD crews will be scouting the roadways throughout the next three days to ensure they are passable, and will apply salt or other de-icing agents as needed. In addition, DOTD will continue to monitor upcoming weather situations.

Also, roads will be closed to remove any trees or limbs brought down by ice to ensure traveler safety, should such actions be called for.

For the most up-to-date road status information, DOTD offers motorists various resources.

• 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 www.dotd.la.gov.

• Travelers can also find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at www.511la.org or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information.

• Additionally, real-time traffic and road condition updates are also available at DOTD's “Way to Geaux” smartphone application, which can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.

DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. DOTD will do everything it can to keep Louisiana's highways and interstate system open in the event of freezing rain, sleet or snow and will prioritize the maintenance and opening of routes based on traffic volumes.

• During winter weather conditions, motorists should the following driving safety tips.

• Drive slowly and carefully

• Avoid driving while distracted

• Always allow for extra driving time

• Reduce speeds when visibility is low

• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.

Also, look out for black ice---a thin, transparent layer of ice accumulation that can be visually hard to detect on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps and in shady spots. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please let us know how we may better serve you: Customer Service Survey.

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