Sunday, June 16, 2024

DOTD Gears Up for Potential Winter Weather in Louisiana

by BIZ Magazine

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is actively preparing to address the potential impact of adverse winter weather conditions forecasted for the upcoming weekend. With freezing temperatures expected, and the possibility of wintry precipitation in certain areas of the state, DOTD is taking proactive measures to ensure road safety.

DOTD teams are mobilizing crews to assess roadways and bridges, ready to respond promptly if conditions necessitate intervention. Inventories of supplies and equipment have been meticulously checked, and crews are on standby to monitor elevated sections of roadways and bridges. Emergency winter weather operations, such as the application of de-icing materials, will be executed if required.

The department is closely monitoring weather forecasts, maintaining close communication with the National Weather Service to stay abreast of developments. DOTD is also prepared to implement closures for bridges and elevated road sections deemed unsafe for travel.

Motorists are urged to exercise caution and stay informed about road conditions. DOTD provides the following resources for the most up-to-date information:

  • 511 Traveler Information: Access road closure information through the Louisiana 511 mobile app or the 511 Traveler Information website.
  • MyDOTD: Stay informed about local projects, lane closures, and DOTD activities by signing up for MyDOTD.
  • Social Media: Follow DOTD on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Motorists are strongly advised to refrain from driving during hazardous conditions. DOTD is committed to maintaining Louisiana’s highways and interstate system, prioritizing routes based on traffic volumes. To enhance safety during winter weather, drivers are reminded to:

  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • Avoid distractions while driving.
  • Allow for extra travel time.
  • Refrain from using cruise control.
  • Reduce speeds during low visibility.
  • Maintain a safe following distance.
  • Always wear seatbelts.
  • Be aware of DOTD crews and emergency responders.
  • Never drive around road closed barricades.

Additionally, motorists are cautioned about the potential danger of black ice, especially on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps, and shaded areas. DOTD emphasizes the importance of buckling up, avoiding distractions, and refraining from driving under the influence during winter weather conditions.

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