Experts study Government St. traffic
BATON ROUGE - Traffic consultants are once again studying whether Baton Rouge's Government Street needs to go on a diet.
Spurred by safety concerns and the ongoing sense that the street's traffic moves too fast for its urban setting, The Advocate reports the Metropolitan Planning Organization has hired ABMB Engineers to look at whether a so-called "road diet" would work.
The firm is studying two options: Each would reduce the four-lane street to one lane in each direction and give a third lane back for wider sidewalks, bike lanes or on-street parking. But one option would have a center turn lane and the other a raised median with roundabouts at the major intersections.
The state officials say Government has twice the accident rate of the average four-lane undivided street in the state.