A fog advisory has been issued for much of the New Orleans area and beyond.
“I actually just drove from baton rouge so I’ve seen it all the way across its thick,” driver Michael Burford said. “Pretty bad.”
Visibilities will frequently be reduced at times to less than a quarter mile.
It’s why the greater New Orleans Expressway Commission has rolled out its convoy; the help drivers make a safe commute across the Causeway Bridge.
“That’s good especially considering how dangerous it could be on that bridge,” Burford said.
“We’re going to keep moving traffic as safely and expeditiously as we can,” Expressway Commission Spokesman Carlton Dufrechou said. “The whole secret to this is keeping everybody at a regulated speed.”
John Iennusa dealt with heavy fog during his morning commute across the causeway from Madisonville.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “Did you know the fog was going to be heavy?” “Yes, because when we got on there were lights saying there was fog on south bound lanes,” driver John Iennusa replied.
The fog advisory drums up memories of one of the worst traffic crashes in New Orleans history.
Investigators believe low visibility caused the early morning 40-vehilce pileup on interstate 10 in New Orleans East.
Two people died, 25 others were rushed to area hospitals.
“You really can’t see,” driver Celette Williams said.
Celette Williams drove through Chalmette.
“It’s very thick,” she said.
Authorities are advising drivers slow down, and leave plenty of distance between other vehicles.
“Make sure you have your headlights and taillights on,” Iennusa said.
Trotter asked, “So what do you do under these conditions?” “Pray, just pray,” Williams said.
At last check, the fog advisory will be in effect until 6 am Thursday morning.
For areas west of Lake Pontchartrain the fog advisory continues through Thursday night.