'Way to Geaux' app helps holiday travelers - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

'Way to Geaux' app helps holiday travelers

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

It's hands-free, eyes-free, and actually free.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development launched a new smart phone app, "Way to Geaux."

"It provides them with around the clock, real time traffic notifications, as well as any type of road condition updates," said DOTD Public Information Officer, Deidra Druilhet.

First, the driver enters where they're traveling from, and where they're going.

The app will only alert travelers of current road conditions if the incident is within the range the driver sets.

"Let's say you're traveling to New Orleans, you can set it that far and it will send you alerts as you get closer to that area," said Druilhet.

Drivers are alerted of congested areas. In some cases, alternate routes are given.

DOTD officials said there is nothing to touch or read. The driver just puts where they're going and lets the phone do the rest.

"It's going to start talking to you to let you know if you get close to a situation where maybe there's a lane being blocked on a highway," said Druilhet.

And while the app can be downloaded and used anytime during the year, DOTD officials said it's a great resource for this popular travel holiday.

"We do want to remind motorists that we do have this service and to utilize it so they can of course get to their destinations a lot faster and a lot safer," said Druilhet.

The app can be downloaded to an iPhone or Android.

DOTD officials also said if you don't have a smart phone, you can always dial 511 for updated traffic information.

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