BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The daily commute in the Capitol region is getting a high tech upgrade from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).
There are few things more frustrating than pulling onto the interstate and running right into a traffic jam. While the state has several projects in the works to improve traffic flow all together, a new bit of technology that DOTD is rolling out Tuesday morning looks to help drivers be better prepared for the traffic they face now.
"We have new cameras going up. We have new signs going up. So what that allows us to do is provide more information to the travelers so they can make decisions as they travel," said DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallet.
DOTD is adding five new message boards on I-10, I-12, and US 190 to alert drivers of wrecks, closures and delays as they travel. In the case of hurricanes, the boards will help guide evacuation routes. There are 10 new traffic cameras also going up around the Metro area.
The new message board will be located at:
- I-10 E before LA-415
- US-190 East before LA-415
- I-10 W before LA-415
- I-10 W before Essen Lane
- I-12 W before Juban Road
The new cameras will show:
- US 190 at Livonia
- I-10 at LA 77
- I-10 between Lobdell and Grosse Tete
- US 190 at LA 415
- US 190 at MRB West
- US 190 at MRB East
- I-10 at City Park Lake
- O’Neal Lane at Old Hammond Highway
- I-12 at Amite River Bridge
- LA 1 at Intracoastal Waterway
"You can look at the signs, you can look at the cameras and plan an alternate route, should there be a situation where you're going to be stuck in traffic," Mallet said.
DOTD has also installed a new "travel-time" sign on LA 1 just before the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. The sign uses Bluetooth cell phone signals to measure traffic, and estimate how long it would take to cross both the old and new bridges to reach I-110.
By showing the travel time for both routes, DOTD said drivers will be able see which route may be faster. While Mallet admits the new signs and cameras won't fix the amount of traffic on the road, he's hopeful the new additions will help drivers plan ahead.
"The more message signs, the more information we can provide, the better," Mallet said.
The total project cost $3.4 million.