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Thought today was bad? Next week could be worse

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Posted: May 16, 2014 10:37 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: May 16, 2014 10:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: traffic, interstate, construction, drivers, wrecks, congestion, loop

BATON ROUGE - Drivers had another rough commute Friday afternoon, due to wrecks, construction and congestion.

Around 5:30 Friday evening, eastbound traffic on I-10 was smooth sailing, while I-10 West was stacked to Ascension.

"Wherever I'm going, I'm not getting there anytime soon," said Ned Fasullo, who created a Facebook group to discuss the growing traffic problem around Baton Rouge.

A few things are up for discussion to help alleviate the problem. One, an 80 to 105 mile traffic loop, circling five parishes around the metro area. The loop would be a tollway with two Mississippi River crossings connecting interstates. Fasullo says drivers don't have enough ways to get back and forth.

"We hear that this is an infrastructure problem, it's a money problem, it's not. It's a people problem," he said. "You can't get enough of the people in power to sit down and agree on the plan."

Next week, the congestion could be worse. Friday, families are planning trips for Memorial Day weekend, Bayou Country Super Fest is in town and people will begin arriving for Miss USA, held at the Baton Rouge River Center the first full weekend in June.

Rolling road blocks in Ascension Parish on both sides of I-10 from LA 44 to US 61 could add to the frustration of drivers next week, too. Closures will happen Monday, May 19th through Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 26th through Friday, May 30th between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

"More and more people will be coming here, and we don't have room on the roads for the ones we have," said Fasullo. "So, unless someone has a flying car or the longest zip line in the world, it's not going to get any better."

Fasullo says he's pulling some transportation people and community leaders together in the next couple weeks to help get more people talking about the traffic issue in Southern Louisiana.

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