DOTD studies if new bridge, I-10 improvements will relieve traffic nightmare

DOTD studies if new bridge, I-10 improvements will relieve traffic nightmare
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The State Department of Transportation & Development has launched two different feasibility studies in hopes of reducing the traffic congestion that plagues the Baton Rouge Metro area.

One of the studies looks to add a new bridge that would connect La-1 in West Baton Rouge Parish to Nicholson Dr., La-30, in Baton Rouge.

"But even with that, our traffic modeling shows that that won't solve the problem at the I-10 corridor," said DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas.

So LeBas said they are also looking at a study that would make improvements to I-10 between La-415 in Port Allen to the I-10/I-12 split in Baton Rouge.

"In 2010, there were more than 88,000 cars a day and now in 2013, our traffic analysis shows 102,000 cars a day. So you can see, the traffic keeps increasing, and we've got to do something to improve the traffic flow," said LeBas.

LeBas said for example, they are looking to possibly change the Washington St. exit to the left side of the interstate instead of the right where I-10 drivers are merging with I-110 travelers. She also said currently, there is one lane at that specific merge. They will look to add another lane.

Noise walls along the interstate is something else they are considering. The study will not only focus on the interstate itself, but also areas around it such as the Perkins Overpass where they may consider adding more concrete parking.

But LeBas said all these ideas depend on the public. Their input is key, and in the past, those against the idea have come out to public meetings while those asking for some relief to the traffic do not go to voice their opinions.

up currently asking for the public's input, and then in August, they will hold a public meeting.

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