Louisiana's department of Transportation and Development issued the following press release:
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Today, in response to the declared state of emergency caused by tropical storm Isaac, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is suspending toll collections at LA 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection (CCC) US 90B in New Orleans to facilitate evacuation, emergency and protective services. DOTD will notify the traveling public when tolling services resume.
Additionally, DOTD has reached out to contractors working on evacuation routes to ensure no closures or lane restrictions will be in place should evacuation efforts occur.
DOTD, under authority of Title 48 and as agent for the Louisiana Transportation Authority (LTA), hereby declares that the tolls will be suspended from this date until the need for evacuation or emergency services cease as determined by DOTD.
DOTD wants to remind motorists on the CCC Bridge that the speed limit through the toll plaza is 25 miles per hour even with the suspension of tolls.
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,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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).