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CRISIS needs you to participate in study for improvements to the I-10 corridor

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions coalition (CRISIS) is urging the public to participate in an online survey concerning transportation improvements for the I-10 corridor.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is currently studying congestion along the I-10 corridor, from the Mississippi River Bridge to the I-10/I-12 split. The study represents the initial phase in determining the feasibility of improvements to this highly traveled area. The first step of this process is a public survey, designed to identify system deficiencies and driving patterns.

The survey is comprised of 21 questions to gather information on commuting patterns, use of specific stretches of roadway, problematic interchanges, and the effects of congestion on drivers and communities. The public survey, which takes 10-15 minutes, will be available until May 31st and can be accessed at www.i10br.com

"We're in the distribution business, and we have trucks leaving here every day, including across the river," said Hugh Raetzsch, President and CEO of Lyons Specialty Company of Port Allen, and CRISIS Vice Chair. "I've got trucks that are on tight schedules to make deliveries. I've got trucks that only have a certain number of hours out there on the road. It's very hard to plan for a three-hour delay anywhere."

Raetzsch continued, "We are strongly encouraging people to take this survey, and to forward it on to friends and business associates. While it is of course important for DOTD to get the input of those who work and live along I-10, it's also critical that the perspectives of the broader Baton Rouge area public -- employers, employees, and all commuters who travel this congested corridor regularly -- are given consideration."

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