BATON ROUGE, La. With the possibility of snow, rain and sleet in the forecast, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the department staff is prepared to deal with winter weather and icy road conditions.
DOTD will be monitoring the roadways for ice, and maintenance forces will be on standby to apply sand and salt over any affected bridges and roadways, to remove fallen trees from the roadway, and to close any roads as needed.
DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. DOTD will do everything possible to keep Louisiana's highways and interstate system open in the event of snow and will prioritize the maintenance and opening of routes based on traffic volumes.
During winter weather conditions, 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. Also, look out for black ice, which can form on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps and in shady spots. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.