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DOTD launches "Way to Geaux" smartphone application for real-time travel information

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 2:03pm

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today the launch of "Way to Geaux," a new hands-free, eyes-free smartphone application providing Louisiana travelers access to around-the-clock, real-time traffic and road condition updates.

The "Way to Geaux" application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play. The application is a free service provided by DOTD and is updated by the DOTD Traffic Management Centers (TMC).

"Providing drivers with timely information about travel conditions is one of the most important services DOTD can provide," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. "This tool will help drivers get to their destinations faster and safer by allowing them to make better decisions about their route."

The application works by automatically sending alerts to your smartphone after an incident is entered into the system by operators in the TMC. Operators will enter information on any lane-blocking incident located on interstate, U.S. or state highways that affects normal traffic flow or could present a possible hazard to motorists. In addition, operators will enter unplanned road work into the system if the closure results in congestion or presents a possible hazard.

The application is designed for TMC operators to provide detailed information alerting motorists of congested areas and in some cases providing alternative routes. For more information and links to download the application, visit http://bit.ly/WayToGeaux.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate and 13,000 bridges, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.
For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, 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.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). 

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