BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - IBM experts will present their traffic recommendations to Mayor Kip Holden and other community leaders. The presentation will be held at 10 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 17, at City Hall in the Metro Council Chamber.
A team from all over the world arrived in Baton Rouge three weeks ago to learn about the traffic problems here and offer up potential solutions. They met with officials and residents to see what people viewed as the problem. They also lived in the city so they could experience the traffic challenges. The team also planned to attend LSU and Southern games to understand traffic problems during football season.
Baton Rouge is one of four U.S. cities to take part in IBM's Smart Cities Challenge, a grant program that uses a panel of experts to help cities solve pressing issues.
With three interstates, a population of 820,000 and still growing, the issue in Baton Rouge is traffic.
"Is that a morning issue or evening issue? When we drove in this morning, we actually didn't see a lot of traffic," said Fernandez. "But we've been told by a lot of people around three o'clock it gets insane."