DOTD: Drive safely during Independence Day holiday

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BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reminds motorists to use traveler resources and practice extra caution while traveling on the roadways during the Independence Day holiday weekend (Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4).

Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle travel on state highways will be prohibited on Monday, July 4. Wilson said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Office of State Police to maximize the safety of motorists traveling during this holiday.

The Department’s Truck Permit Office will also be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

For traveling convenience, motorists 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 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System Website at www.511la.org.

DOTD’s Customer Service Center representatives can also answer questions about road closures or any other DOTD-related questions. Please call (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (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 Monday, July 4. Drivers are encouraged to tune in to local radio stations for current traffic and incident information prior to traveling.