WEB SITE HELP – The LADOTD Traveler Information web site is provided to help inform motorists so they can make better decisions about travel in Louisiana. It is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 X 768. It has been developed for use on Microsoft Internet Explorer version. A free download of Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/ie/getitnow.mspx
511 Home Page: This default page allows access to a variety of reports and information. It has been designed to work best on a high speed Internet connection. If you do not have a high speed connection to the Internet, you may want to click on the “Low Bandwidth (Dial-Up)” version in the menu at the top of the page to speed your search for travel related information.
On the left of this page, check boxes allow selection of various types of information with a legend to provide a key to the symbols on the map. When selections are checked or unchecked symbols appear or disappear on the map to reveal the locations of the selected types of events. In a similar fashion, the check boxes in other parts of this menu allow selection of road conditions, planned future events such as roadwork, cameras and mountain pass reports.
A scrolling banner appears across the top of the screen if road closures or blockages are on any routes. If an AMBER alert has been issued in Louisiana, a scrolling banner will also appear across the top of the screen with limited information about the alert. From the AMBER alert banner, a link is provided to a screen with more detailed information about the AMBER alert.
Pan and Zoom: The Google based map allows pan and zoom functions to better view specific regions, highways or events. Simply click on the pan and zoom buttons provided in the upper left of the Google map to adjust the view to your preference. You can also click and drag anywhere on the map to pan the map to a new location. The zoom and pan settings that are in the view when this page is closed will be retained when you return to the page, so you can create your own view for use on future visits to the web site.
Clicking on map icons in this view activates an information bubble for that event. The information bubble provides additional detail about the event. You may also notice as you reorient the map view that event icons appear in two different sizes. Icon size indicates the importance or priority level of events with larger icons representing higher priority events and smaller icons showing lower priority events. This priority level is intended to reflect the degree to which the event impacts traffic.
Route Reports or Map View: In the upper left of the page is a button labeled “Switch to Route Reports”. Clicking this button changes the screen to display three main panels. The left most panel provides check boxes to select specific highways. Selecting a highway then produces a list in the center panel of the segments on the chosen highway. These segments are used to help locate areas of interest more quickly and are also used on the associated 511 telephone system.
Clicking on the segment name in the list first displays a map, temporarily highlighting that segment. Remember, this highlighting is used to simply show the selected highway segment and does not reflect roadway condition.
After several seconds, the highlighting disappears and any active events for the segment are shown both as listed event descriptions and as icons on the map in the right panel. Icons for events on other nearby highways are also visible on this map view.
The event report shown in the center panel and the icons on the map are interactive. Clicking on a specific event either in the event list or on the map icon coordinates the map and list causing the event icon on the map to be circled in red and the appropriate event report in the list to be highlighted. Clicking the “Switch to Map” button from this route reports view takes users back to the main map view.
Users can also access several predefined views of regions within Louisiana from a drop down menu near the top of the page titled “Select Map”. This selection can be made from either the map view or the route reports view and will cause the map to reset the zoom level and recenter the map to be appropriate for the selected pre-defined area. The “Refresh” button should be used to update the data in the event that you have had the page open for a period of time without changing other settings. This will ensure that the event information is up to date and any new reports are displayed.
A variety of other menu options are shown near the top of the page and are explained below.
News – This selection will provide you with any new information about the Traveler Information services since we continue to make improvements and enhancements to the service. Check back often because we will try to keep this updated.
511 Info – Presumably, this is how you accessed this help page and you probably noticed that there are several other selections that are intended to help users understand the service and how to get the most from it.
Low-Bandwidth (Dial-up) – This link will take you to an older version of the web site that requires less bandwidth appropriate for dial-up or other slow speed Internet connections but accesses the same database of roadway information.
Trucker’s Page – The commercial vehicle industry has some special information needs and this page is intended to provide accurate and timely reports of truck related reports. This page will be updated soon, so stay tuned.
Links – The drop down menu accessed here will provide quick access to other web pages that we think will be helpful to travelers in Louisiana.
Contact LADOTD – Use this link to provide feedback to the Louisiana Department of Transportation Development regarding the Traveler Information service or any other transportation issues. Remember, however, that LADOTD has jurisdiction over only state and US highways and the Interstate within Louisiana. Many local agencies also own and maintain highways in Louisiana and your comments may be addressed more quickly if they are effectively directed to the appropriate agency.
Tourist Info – This drop down menu provides additional links to information for tourists wishing to enhance their trip through Louisiana. It includes access to LADOTD information such as roadside historic marker locations, scenic byways, and rest areas, as well as links to other agencies.