Web resources to make your trip to the beach a breeze
BATON ROUGE - As summer enters full swing, many families from the Capitol Areas will be hitting the Interstate Systems to head to various vacation destinations, and state officials have plenty of helpful resources to ensure safe and efficient journeys for everyone hitting the road.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation notes that motorists heading to the Gulf Coast via the Interstate for some fun in the sun should be aware of construction on various portions of the roadway. Traffic officials have provided a map for motorists that documents areas where extension traffic delays are possible due to construction on I-10, I-12 and I-59. Work on these roads will be carried out from now until the end of August so motorists should be aware of detour routes that can save major time when it comes to avoiding work zones. Click here for a PDF version of the map that can be saved to your laptop or mobile device.
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Troopers have taken their tech game to the next level this vacation season and have compiled a helpful repository of web links and smartphone applications to aid Interstate travelers. For instant updates on lane closures, accidents and general police related information, LSP recommend visiting www.nixle.com where users can sign up for text and email alerts. LSP also note that they keep their Facebook page up-to-date with similar traffic information when possible. To report a crash or unsafe driving while still within Louisiana's borders, call *LSP (*577).
Owners of Android and Apple devices can take advantage of the Way to Geaux app. This application provides motorists with live traffic updates based on your phone's location via GPS. The app can be downloaded in the Google Play store or the Apple App Store free of charge.
Motorists headed east can also take advantage of resources from neighboring states. The following links can be bookmarked to provide guidance for eastbound vacationers:
Above all, State Police encourage summer vacationers to use caution and allow for plenty of time to arrive at travel destinations safely.
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