The Louisiana department of Transportation and Development has announced its readiness for the 2012 hurricane season. Along with Louisiana State Police, LA DOTD is ready to implement contraflow in the New Orleans area should the need arise. During contraflow operations, DOTD district personnel will assemble needed materials, including barricades, cones, variable message board signs and any other signage required to implement a contraflow evacuation.

DOTD will managers remain in frequent contact with parish emergency operation directors throughout the impacted regions, assessing local needs and immediately responding with buses. The ask that motorists practice safe driving by being patient, staying alert and avoiding driving while distracted, and maintaining safe distances between vehicles. Buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.

For more information on hurricane preparedness and to receive the latest hurricane evacuation guide, please visit

Citizens can access 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

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 open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.