DOTD reminds you to drive safely during July 4th weekend

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 07/02 2014 09:56AM

Updated 07/02 2014 09:59AM

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development wants you to remember to use traveler resources and practice extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the Independence Day holiday weekend. 

For traveling convenience, you can access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511 from their telephone.

The voice-activated 511 Traveler Information System is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling (888) 762-3511.  Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System Web site at

Another option is to utilize the new "Way to Geaux" application to receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts. The hands-free, eyes-free smartphone application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

DOTD's Customer Service Center representatives can answer questions about road closures not listed above or any other DOTD-related questions. Please call (225) 379-1232 or (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 Friday, July 4.

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

Additionally, all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6. The Truck Permit Office will also be closed on Friday, July 4.

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