BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Commuting around one area of Baton Rouge may become a little easier for drivers starting Tuesday.
The new Antioch Road, which connects Jefferson Highway to Airline Highway, will open to traffic for the first time at 9:30 a.m.
"This is a straight shot from across Jefferson Highway at the intersection that will take you over to Airline Highway, which is a distributor road," Mike Olson, project engineer, said. "I don't know if it'll relieve pressure on the interstate, but it'll get you to the interstate quicker."
Olson and city-parish leaders hope the new four-lane roadway will help alleviate some of the congestion frequently seen on nearby Highland Road and Baringer Foreman Road.
"You have an increased capacity here with the four lanes, as opposed to the two lanes on Highland Road to your south," Olson explained. "We're trying to get you from your house to work and vice-versa from work back to your house in an easier fashion and more direct way."
The Antioch Road project cost $5.3 million. Construction on this first phase has taken just about one year. The second and final phase is expected to be completed within the next two months.