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State has plans to deal with terrible traffic

1 year ago Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:05:31 PM CDT March 11, 2014 Tuesday, March 11 2014 Mar 11, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- State leaders know there is a traffic problem, and they are trying to address the issue.

"We are conducting a surface street study to see how we can address traffic when an incident occurs on the interstate," Rodney Mallett with the DOTD said Tuesday.

Mallett was discussing ways to make driving in the Capital City easier after a study suggested it is in the top 50 for most congested.

The state has widened I-10 through East Baton Rouge and is planning an expansion in Ascension Parish, too. On I-12, widening projects have relieved driving problems there and work is beginning on an extended expansion project into the middle of Livingston Parish. The $26 million project will open I-12 to six lanes total through Satsuma and eventually further.

Completed construction projects on I-10 and I-12 have totaled $225 million, Mallett said.

He added, engineers are also focusing attention on LA 1, west of Baton Rouge, to plan better ways to get people around incidents on I-10 and on to Highway 190 and what is known as the "Old Mississippi River Bridge."

"We are also working on a long-term state transportation plan that will address congestion/safety in areas around the state," Mallett said.

Locally, though, the state is also working with the Capital Region Planning Commission to address traffic issues.

"Traffic congestion in the Baton Rouge area is a serious concern," he said.
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