Holiday traffic kicks off with I-10 East congestion
BATON ROUGE - What is sure to be a heavy traffic weekend as Big Easy bound revelers make their way east through the Capital City is certainly underway as a several mile snarl has formed on I-10 East across the Mississippi River Bridge.
Traffic officials did not link the heavy Interstate congestion to a specific incident, but only attributed the delays to the extra volume on roadways due to the beginning holiday weekend. According to LADOTD, there was heavy congestion on I-10 East from Gross Tete, mile marker 139, to mile marker 155 at Washington Street in Baton Rouge as of 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Further east on I-10, congestion has formed on the Bonnet Carrre Spillway Bridge from US 51, mile marker 209, to mile marker 212 as extra traffic heads in the direction of New Orleans for Mardi Gras festivities.
Closer to New Orleans, traffic officials said shortly after 3:30 p.m. that I-10 East on the Bonnet Carre Spillway Bridge was backed up from LA 3188, Belle Terre Boulevard, to mile marker 212 on the spillway due to extra traffic headed toward New Orleans for the Mardi Gras weekend ahead.
We'll keep this story updated throughout the evening as the traffic situation continues to develop into rush hour. You can also catch traffic updates on our evening broadcasts starting at 4 p.m.