WEB SITE HELP –The LADOTD Information Website is provided to help motorists make better decisions about travel in Louisiana. This website automatically adjusts to accommodate your screen dimensions, but typically is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768. The site is optimized for Firefox and Internet Explorer (versions 9, and 10) browsers.
511 Full-Featured Page This page allows access to a variety of reports and information, like road reports, weather events, traffic speeds, and ferry status information. Static traffic camera images are also available, as is streaming video, at many sites statewide. This new website has been designed to work best with a high-speed Internet connection. If you do not have a high speed connection to the Internet, you may want to click on the “New! Streamlined Site” link in the header bar at the top right of the page (http://lb.511la.org/lalb/), to speed your search for travel-related information.
On the left hand side of the full-featured page, a menu allows the selection of various types of information: All Reports, Cameras, Traffic Speeds, and Ferry Status. When a selection is clicked, it will become highlighted in blue, causing related icons to appear on the map at the locations of the selected types of events or devices. If a menu selection is clicked again, the blue highlighting will go away, and the according event icons will disappear from the map. Additionally, a gray “Layers” button on the top right side of the page opens up further possible information types for selection:
By selecting one or more “layers” from the drop-down options, you can add as many types of different event information on the map as you’d like, simultaneously. To add an information layer, simply click it in the layers menu, and see it highlighted in light blue. To “turn it off,” just click it again, and that type of information will be removed from the map.
Using the Map
The Google-based dynamic 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. To find your own location using GPS geolocation services, you can click the gray “show my location” button at the bottom on the map zoom controller.
Once you’ve clicked the gray “show my location” button, you’ll need to agree to any browser pop-ups related to sharing your location data:
Once you’ve agreed, the “show my location” button will turn from gray to blue, to show that it has been activated, and your location should appear as a blue dot on the map:
You may also notice as you reorient the map that event icons appear in two different sizes. Icon size indicates the importance or priority level of events - larger icons represent higher-priority events, and smaller icons showing lower-priority events. Priority levels are intended to reflect the degree to which an event impacts traffic.
A legend at the bottom of the page explains the types of events that are represented by each icon on the map. You can also hover your mouse over an event or camera to see “tooltip text” with a brief description of the location and event type. Events with a red “shazam” halo around them mean that the event is of the highest level of priority, and contains information critical to travelers.
A scrolling banner also appears across the top of the screen when high-priority road closures or blockages exist.
Clicking any icon on the map will open an “album view” with additional details about the event, or displaying camera’s image. You can scroll through events on a route in sequential order by clicking the gray “chevron” buttons on the sides on the album page. If no chevrons are visible, that means there are no more events or cameras available on that route.
You can also share any report or camera image you find via Facebook, Twitter or email, but clicking the “share” button in the upper right of any album page. Individual events and cameras can be bookmarked, too, making it easy to re-visit your favorite camera locations quickly.
Zoom to a Place
You can now search for any geographic area or landmark by its name, as recognized by Google, allowing you to quickly search for events or traffic cameras in any area of the state, no matter how rural. To do this, simply click the magnifying glass icon in the upper left of the main menu. The, under “Zoom to a place,” enter your desired location - a specific street address, parrish or town name, or landmark, ex., “123 Home Address Lane,” “New Orleans, LA,” or “BTR Airport.” Then, click search.
You’ll then get a map view of all events within a 20 mile radius of the “New Orleans, LA” area – or 20 miles around whatever place you searched for. On the left side of the page, the blue panel will list all the events that are visible within this area on the map. This list can be printed using the gray “print” button.
Pick a Route
If you’d like to enter your own custom route using the “pick a route” function, just enter a starting point and end point in the “A” and “B” fields and click “search.” You’ll see a list of all the events located between points A and B, ordered in the direction in which you’d encounter them on your trip. These events’ icons will also be displayed on the map.
Choose a Roadway
Clicking the “choose a roadway” link below the “pick a route” feature allows you to view all the events and/or cameras on a single major roadway in Lousiana in a list form, and also on the map. You can then scroll through this information in “album view” to see details of each event/camera in sequence.
Select an Area
You can also access several predefined views of regions within Louisiana from by clicking the “select an area” link. Pressing “select and area” will cause the map to reset the zoom level and re-center the map on the selected predefined metro area.
Refreshing the Page
A pop-up notification saying “Please refresh my screen because…I’m Still Here" will appear in center of your screen in the event that you have had the page open for 5 minute period of time without using it. Pressing this button when it is offered ensures that the event information you’re seeing is up to date, and any new reports generated since you last looked at the site are being displayed.
National Weather Service Alerts
The “weather warnings” layer (on by default, as part of All Reports) displays active National Weather Service (NWS) storm warnings. These events are displayed on the map by a square gray and yellow “thunderbolt” icon on top of a purple/gray shaded area, which indicates the alert’s boundaries.
If you click on one of the weather icons on the map, a text box will open, displaying all counties affected by the Warning. There is also a link to the report’s full details on the NWS website. The following Warning types are displayed on the 511 site:
Blizzard Warning, Flash Flood Warning , Hurricane Force Wind Warning, Ice Storm Warning, Heavy Sleet Warning , High Wind Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning ,Tornado Warning, Winter Storm Warning, Gale Warning, Hurricane Warning, Tropical Storm Warning , Inland Hurricane Warning, and Inland Tropical Storm Warning.