Posted: May 23, 2014 2:50 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 23, 2014 8:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Friday traffic fiasco lasted around seven hours as thousands of people descend on the city for a weekend of country music and others left to join the traffic headed out of town for an extended weekend.
State traffic leaders issued an alert to drivers headed into the city from the west. Heavy congestion forced people off I-10 at the foot the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge and on to Highway 190. There was an 18-mile traffic jam from East Baton Rouge and on to the Basin Bridge. Until about 10 p.m., congestion clogged the western approach on I-10.
I-10 and I-110 inside city limits remained heavy, but moved.
Also adding to the unusual traffic, people arriving for the Miss USA pageant which will be televised from Baton Rouge in two weekends but events begin next week.