The Department of Transportation and Development District 08 Office in Alexandria advises the public that due to the current winter weather conditions, LA 116, Esler Field Road, Rapides Parish, is closed from its intersection with LA 28 E to the Esler Field Airport due to icy road conditions.
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. Also, look out for black ice – a thin, transparent layer of ice accumulation that can be visually hard to detect on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps and in shady spots. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.
Motorists can call 318-561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 for more information during freezing conditions. Citizens can also get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System simply by dialing 511 or visiting www.511la.org. Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @ www.dotd.la.gov, the DOTD Facebook page or the LA DOTD Twitter page, @cenlatraffic for further information.
Bruce Graham, Maintenance Specialist