Capitol employees fear traffic nightmare
BATON ROUGE- Some state employees are concerned that new security measures at the state capitol will cause a traffic nightmare when they're implemented Monday, the first day of the legislative session.
However, officials assured them that the details have been worked out, and traffic will move smoothly.
Starting Monday morning access to the building's parking lots will be controlled by hydraulic gates. The lots are assigned to legislators, state employees, lobbyists, and members of the press. Capitol visitors won't be affected because they don't have access to the lots.
For months now, Capitol workers have had to contend with limited parking and traffic delays as construction workers installed the gates and hundreds of vehicle-proof barricades. The barricades completely surround the building and are able to withstand a truck driving into them.
It's all part of a $4.8 million dollar security upgrade. The project adds 28 new parking spaces to the building, bringing the total to 473.
The second phase to the Capitol security project will begin after the session ends in June. In the next phase, traffic around the Capitol will be rerouted so there's just one way in and one way out.