BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There’s a new idea that could help ease congestion along I-12 and eventually elsewhere in the state.
Sen. Dale Erdey (R-Livingston) wants DOTD to convert the inside shoulders along I-12 between Walker and the 10/12 split to carpool lanes, or high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. It’s a relatively cheap way to add another lane to the interstate, and the plan already passed a Senate committee with unanimous approval.
“I was thinking...we have this inside lane, this shoulder that’s not being used, and I said if we could use four instead of three, it would certainly make sense,” Erdey said.
During rush hour, those lanes would be reserved only for cars and trucks carrying two or more people. What happens to the lanes during off-peak travel times is unclear.
Erdey said a study on the proposal will be complete within a month, and he’s optimistic it will show significant benefits. The estimated price tag of $750,000 is much cheaper than laying concrete.
“Essentially, all we need to do is do the striping, put some cameras up, maybe some markings and signage and so forth, and it can be turned into a travel lane,” he said.
Erdey’s bill would authorize DOTD to make HOV lanes anywhere in the state. The section along I-12 is just the first area under consideration. The bill now heads to the full Senate for approval.
Click here to keep up with the bill’s progression.