Lafayette, LA (KLAF)- Agencies across the state say they are prepared for evacuations. In Lafayette, officials say residents south of I-10 should consider voluntarily evacuating. Resident esidents South of Highway 90 are strongly encouraged to evacuate. News15 spoke with local and state transportation experts who gave tips for evacuating motorists.
"There are many different evacuations routes that we have throughout the state," Deidra Druilhet, DOTD Public Information Officer.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development plans for emergency response events year round. During hurricane season Diedra Druilhet says the agency is busy making sure the roadways are safe for evacuees.
"We've got LA-70, LA-14 down in Abbeville, LA-182 from Amelia to different places like I-49."
According to Lafayette Consolidated Goverment, motorists who choose to leave the Acadiana area should use I-49 North towards Alexandria.
"Don't wait until Wednesday. It's best to plan ahead," says Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory
Transportation expert Justin Augustine agrees that travelers need to make preparations now.
"When they issue a state of emergency and they're asking for an evacuation, it's important that motorist take head to that," says Augustine.
Issueing this message for evacuating motorists.
"Make sure you have your provisions identified throughout the communication process in terms of being prepare. Drive safely, drive carefully, and be patient."
You can access road conditions by visiting 511la.org or dialing 511 from your phone.
You can find detailed evacuation routes below.
LEAVING FROM LAFAYETTE PARISH
All north bound traffic leaves Lafayette Parish on I-49 NORTH.
· If you are leaving from South of I-10, use Ambassador Caffery Pkwy (and then I-10 EAST) or Evangeline Thruway to join I-49 NORTH.
· If you are leaving from North of I-10, join I-49 NORTH and continue north on I-49 towards Alexandria and points north.
US 90 > I-49 ROUTE
Traveling north on US 90 from New Iberia, when you get to Ambassador Caffery Parkway (LA 3073), you have the option of either turning left onto Ambassador Caffery Parkway and following it, or continuing straight ahead on US 90 continuing north past Broussard. The name of this portion of US 90 within the City of Lafayette is Evangeline Thruway.
When you get to University Ave (by the Lafayette Regional Airport), you have the option of either turning left onto University Ave and following it north, or continuing north on the Evangeline Thruway. If you turn left onto University Ave, follow it north through Carencro until you merge with I-49 and then continue north on I-49.
If you opt not to turn, continue north on Evangeline Thruway. When you get to the intersection of the Evangeline Thruway and Louisiana Avenue, you have the option of either turning right onto Louisiana Avenue, or continuing North on the Evangeline Thruway.
If you turn right onto Louisiana Avenue, follow it until you get to I-10. Turn left (west) onto I-10 and then right (north) onto I-49 towards Opelousas. If you opt not to turn, continue North on the Evangeline Thruway towards Opelousas. US 90 will leave the evacuation route at Mudd Avenue; do not turn there. This route will pass under I-10 and the name of Evangeline Thruway will change to I-49. Continue north on I-49 towards Alexandria and points north.
LA 89 > PINHOOK ROAD > UNIVERSITY AVE (LA182) > I-49
Traveling north on LA 89, the route goes through Youngsville. The route continues to Pinhook Road (LA182). Turn left on Pinhook Road and follow it to University Avenue. Turn left on University Avenue and follow it north to I-10. At I-10, you have the option of either turning right (east) on I-10 to go over to I-49 and then turn north on I-49, or continuing north on University Avenue (LA182) through the City of Carencro until you get to I-49 and then go north on I-49. Continue north on I-49 towards Alexandria and points north.
LA 339 > Ambassador Caffery Pwky. > I-10 > I-49
Traveling north on LA 339 from Erath, cross LA 92. LA 339 is called Verot School Road in Lafayette Parish. About 2.2 miles north of LA 92, there is a major intersection. Turn left there onto Ambassador Caffery Parkway (LA 3073). Continue north on Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. until it intersects with I-10. Join I-10 EAST for about 3 miles. Exit I-10 EAST at Exit 103B onto I-49 NORTH. Continue north on I-49 towards Alexandria and points north.
US 167 > Ambassador Caffery Pwky. > I-10 > I-49
Traveling north on US 167 from Abbeville, cross LA 733 (E. Broussard Rd.). About 2.2 miles after crossing LA 733 there is a major intersection. Turn left there onto Ambassador Caffery Pwky (LA 3073). Continue north on Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. until it intersects with I-10. Join I-10 EAST for about 3 miles. Exit I-10 EAST at Exit 103B onto I-49 NORTH. Continue north on I-49 towards Alexandria and points north