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DOTD urges drivers to stay off icy roads

Winter weather is headed our way and officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development want you to be safe and stay home.
Winter weather is headed our way and officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development want you to be safe and stay home.

With the possibility of snow, rain and sleet in parts of the state tonight through Wednesday, DOTD is preparing to deal with hazardous conditions.

Crews will pretreat some portions of the interstates and major corridors to keep them open as long as possible. However, elevated highways are especially susceptible to unsafe icing.

DOTD discourage driving on icy roads but if you have to use extra caution.

DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas said, "We saw the elevated portions, such as I-10 over the Atchafalaya Basin and Mississippi River Bridge, freeze and take a while to thaw. These conditions should be taken seriously. Don't drive unless you have to."

 During winter weather conditions, motorists should follow these five safety tips:
·    Drive slowly, carefully, and avoid driving while distracted
·    Allow for extra driving time
·    Reduce speeds when visibility is low
·    Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles
·     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

You can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System simply by dialing 511 from your phone or by visiting www.511la.org.

 You can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD's Customer Service Center at (877) -452-3683.


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