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Senator talks solutions for traffic problems

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago April 04, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Friday, April 04 2014 April 04, 2014 9:36 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- Fed up with traffic, Senator Dale Erdey, from Livingston, pushed for a meeting with State Police and DOTD officials to discuss the perpetual congestion on Capital City interstates.

The traffic problems aren't news to locals and even out-of-towners are sick of the mess.

"From Pensacola all the way to Austin, this is the worst spot, congestion all the way from the east side of town to the west side of town," said Jason Martin, who was traveling through Louisiana.

It's why Sen. Erdey hopes his meeting will lead to real solutions, especially around hazardous construction areas, adding new safety measures to the road.

"A thing called transverse rumbles, which may be placed before the construction zones, you actually run over them and they make a noise, because some of the problems that's caused these accidents is people falling asleep," said Sen. Erdey.

"I think any thing is worth a try, I mean you really don't know until you try it, it's a process of elimination I guess," said Franky Collins, who was driving on the interstate.

Not everyone thinks the solutions will be the answer to traffic.

"I don't think there is [an answer], I really don't, there's just a lot of people in Baton Rouge, that's where people go to work, I honestly don't think it will help," said Breannah Simpson, who was traveling with friends.

Sen. Erdey is backing a bill at the legislator that would allow police and first responders to remove wrecked vehicles quickly during peak traffic hours.

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