Posted: Jun 13, 2012 2:49 PM by Brian Waldrep
Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that data gathered by the department's traffic management center since new lanes were opened on I-12 between O'Neal Lane and Juban Road show a major improvement in travel times for drivers traveling the corridor.
The data shows a 25-30 mph increase in westbound travel speeds and a 35-50 mph increase in eastbound travel speeds for drivers traveling the corridor during peak travel times.
The increase in travel speeds has allowed traffic to flow freely and has helped to limit congestion along the corridor.
"This is a welcomed improvement for drivers traveling the I-12 corridor in the Baton Rouge area," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, P.E. "The projects to widen I-12 were designed to help drivers get where they need to be as efficiently and safely as possible, and we're excited to see immediate results."
Prior to opening the lanes, travel speeds for commuters traveling westbound were 25-30 mph during peak hours. Eastbound travel speeds were 10-30 mph during peak hours.
The project is part of the Geaux Wider program, a multi-year construction initiative designed to increase capacity, improve safety and enhance mobility on Interstates 10 and 12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes.
The completion date for the entire program is tentatively scheduled for 2013.