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Dec 19, 2013 4:23 PM by MELISSA CANONE

DOTD issues travel advisory for Christmas and New Years holidays

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development today advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana during the holiday season (Tuesday, December 24, through Thursday, January 2).

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming holiday, especially at railroad crossings and within construction zones where the speed limit is reduced.

Below is the regional listing of work schedules and road closures for interstate construction and major road projects.

Southeast Louisiana

· All lanes will remain open to traffic in the following corridors: In the New Orleans area, I-10, I-310, I-510 and I-610 In St. Tammany Parish, of I-59, I-10, and I-12.
· In the Hammond area, I-12 and I-55.
· In East Baton Rouge Parish, I-10, I-12 and I-110.
· In Livingston Parish, I-12.

Southwest Louisiana

All lanes will remain open to traffic in the following corridors:

· In the Lafayette area, I-10 and I-49.
· In the Lake Charles area, I-10 and I-210.
Closures will include:
· In St. Landry Parish, the Grand Prairie rest area located on I-49 and the boat launch to access Dubisson Lake are closed to travelers while undergoing renovations.
· In Vermillion Parish, La. 35 between La. 14 and La. 335 will remain closed to traffic.

Central Louisiana

· There are no closures planned for Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes.
Northeast Louisiana
· In the Monroe area, all lanes of I-20 will remain open to traffic and there will be no lane closures on major routes in the area.
· In Caldwell Parish, construction is underway on La. 847, between the intersection of U.S. 165 and La. 133. Drivers may experience minor delays because of activity in this area.

Northwest Louisiana

· In the Shreveport-Bossier City area, all lanes of I-20, I-220 and I-49 will remain open to traffic. In Shreveport, La. 511 (70th Street) will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Creswell Avenue and Fern Avenue due to road construction.

Oversize/overweight vehicle movement

DOTD announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle movement on all state highways will be prohibited on Tuesday, December 24, through Wednesday, December 25. LeBas said the decision was made in conjunction with Louisiana State Police, to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during this holiday.
DOTD's Truck Permit Office will also be closed on December 24 through December 25 and December 31 through January 1.

Travelers 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 Web site at www.511la.org.

Traffic cameras for the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Hammond/Northshore, Houma, Lake Charles, Monroe/West Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding areas also may be viewed from the 511 site.

Additionally, motorists can 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 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 Tuesday, December 24; Wednesday, December 25; Tuesday December 31; and Wednesday, January 1.

Drivers who notice road hazards, such as potholes or debris in the road, are urged to call DOTD's statewide, toll-free Highway Safety Hot Line at 1-800-259-HWAY (4929). The automated system operates 24-hours-a-day and routes callers to the appropriate field office to report hazardous conditions.

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