How to Check For Louisiana Road Closures

Find instant information about Louisiana road closures by calling 511, checking the traveler information website, or downloading the Louisiana 511 app.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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Louisiana’s
unpredictable hurricane season can lead to unexpected road closures on top of the usual shutdowns caused by construction and maintenance. The 511 traveler information service is the quickest way to check for live updates on road closures and traffic conditions in Louisiana. 
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How to check for road closures in Louisiana

Need to know if I-10 is open? If you’re driving on Louisiana’s interstates and state highways, you can find up-to-date information about road closures by calling 511 or visiting
511la.org
online. This traveler information service allows drivers to access general traffic information, along with details about specific roads
If you’re outside the state, don’t worry: you can visit the website or call 888-ROADS-511 (888-762-3511) to access information about Louisiana road closures. You can even download the Louisiana 511 app on your phone to keep your road-closure expert close at hand! 
In addition to searching for road closure information, you can use NOAA’s
National Weather Service website
to stay informed about local weather patterns. Because Louisiana’s summer hurricane season can lead to unexpected road closures, it’s important to be tuned into the weather when the skies are stormy. 

Jefferson Parish road closures

For drivers in the Greater
New Orleans
area, Jefferson Parish maintains updates on
scheduled road closures

What to do if you witness an accident

Along with severe weather and scheduled construction, car accidents are a major cause of road closures. If you see an accident:
  • Stay calm and keep your eyes on the road. 
  • If possible, pull over to a safe place and call 911 to report the accident and summon authorities. 
  • Offer aid to the victims if it’s safe to do so. 
  • If you’re driving on a road where an accident has occurred, move over for emergency vehicles and slow to a reasonable speed. 
Driving responsibly around an accident or construction site can prevent further accidents—which could not only cause extended road closures, but actually raise your
car insurance
rates at the same time! 
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