News Alert: DOTD announces priority routes for Tangipahoa Parish
Posted: 8/30/2012 3:32:40 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) has developed a list of priority routes
which they will strive to quickly and safely reopen in order to facilitate
evacuation efforts in Tangipahoa Parish.


DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen area roadways closed during the
storm. The routes that crews will be working to reopen first in Tangipahoa
Parish include I-55, I-12, U.S. 51, U.S. 190 and La. 16.


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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