News Alert: DOTD announces open routes for drivers traveling to New Orleans
Posted: 8/30/2012 1:44:44 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE
August 30,
2012


State of Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361


Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of
Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced open routes for drivers returning to the New
Orleans area following Hurricane Isaac.


DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen roadways closed during the storm.
Currently, the most direct open routes into the city include:


Traveling to New Orleans from the east:



  • Take I-10 west to I-610 west. I-610 will then reconnect with I-10 just west
    of the city.

Traveling to New Orleans from the west:



  • Take I-10 east to U.S. 61 (exit 187) toward Gramercy. Turn right onto La.
    641. La. 641 will turn into La. 3213 near the Mississippi River. Travel on La.
    3213 and take a left on La. 3127. Keep straight on La. 3127 and take I-310 to
    New Orleans until it connects with I-10 east. I-10 east will take you into the
    city.

DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during
hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. Motorists
should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. Always
allow for extra driving time, reduce speeds when visibility is low, and make
sure there is plenty of room between vehicles. As always, DOTD reminds motorists
to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.


DOTD is working in conjunction with law enforcement and the Governor's Office
of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to issue information to the
public regarding road closures and alternate routes. Citizens can access this
information on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler
Information System simply by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the
route or region about 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 Web site at
www.511la.org.


Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting
DOTD's Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is typically
open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but has extended its hours during the storm.


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is
committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the
quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including
over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state's
aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to
facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital
evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more
efficient.


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