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After days of gridlock, senator wants traffic report

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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 9:35 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Mar 21, 2014 9:35 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: State Police, Traffic, Interstate, DOTD, Traffic Management

BATON ROUGE - A state senator wants a report about traffic after a series of incidents where people were sitting in gridlock.

"You got shoulders, you got three lanes of traffic, and they're closing two lanes," said State Sen. Dale Erdey. "It's causing all these vehicles to merge into one lane, is frustrating."

Specifically, Erdey said he wants to know more about a new plan where crashes are removed from the side of the road once the rush hour is over. State Police believe by clearing the road temporarily, then returning later to remove the wreckage, additional problems are prevented.

"Let's make sure that what goes up there is exactly what's needed, whether it's a wrecker for a tow operation that's broken down, whether it's getting the proper personnel up there," State Police Col. Mike Edmonson told WBRZ News 2 earlier this month. "That's the whole deal with traffic incident management, getting the right people up there and getting there as quickly as possible."

"My frustration is how we handle these accidents, after they occur," Erdey said.

Both Thursday and Friday evening rush hours were a nightmare for drivers. Small accidents and stalls created chaos and traffic jams on I-10, I-110, and I-12.

Erdey says he plans to meet with State Police and the Department of Transportation and Development next week to talk about the plan and address his concerns and the concerns of other drivers.

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