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DOTD prepared for possible wintry weather

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that crews are prepared for the possibility of wintry weather moving into the northern region of the state over the weekend.

In the event of winter weather, roadway scouts will be dispatched along certain routes to assess road conditions.

DOTD encourages motorists to use extra caution while driving during hazardous weather conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses as these freeze first, and to avoid driving at all if possible during a winter weather event.

DOTD personnel will continue to closely monitor the forecast and make appropriate decisions to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

DOTD reminds motorists to adhere to the following general safety tips during winter weather conditions:
Drive slowly and carefully.
Avoid driving while distracted.
Always allow for extra driving time.
Reduce speeds when visibility is low.
Avoid using cruise control during inclement weather.
Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
Be on the lookout for DOTD crews and their equipment, as well as other first responder crews.
Remember that it’s unlawful and unsafe to drive around a road closed barricade for any reason.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information.

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