BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) held a public meeting Thursday about the proposed construction of a flyover ramp from I-10 W and an exit ramp from I-12 W to College Drive. The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow at the I-10/12 interchange.
The meeting was held Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott.
“Right now when you get off of the I-10 and I-12 merge, if you’re on I-10 and you want to get off on College, you have to fight across traffic to get off and that’s a safety concern,” said Rodney Mallett, DOTD secretary. “Secondly, during peak hours, when you have people trying to slow down to sneak over, it causes additional congestion."
Mallett also says DOTD doesn’t expect the construction to exceed $45 million. DOTD also says it plans to start construction at the beginning of 2020 and it should take about two years to complete.
“When we have this flyover ramp and it’s a dedicated exit where you will have access to College from 10 and 12, then you won’t have that weaving effect where we have the merge right now,” Mallet said.
At the meeting, DOTD provided info about the projects and got input from residents. Team members were available to answer questions.
“Public input is something that we look for all the time. So with many different projects that’s we’ve done, we look at the ideas we get from the public,” said Mallett.
The College flyover ramp is part of the larger project, I-10: LA 415 to Essen Lane (on I-10 and I-12) in West and East Baton Rouge parishes.
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