Traffic nightmare eases, will return Sunday
BATON ROUGE - It's the early Christmas present no one wanted: holiday traffic slowed to a crawl like a family after the big Thanksgiving meal Friday.
Traffic jams lingered on busy surface streets like Perkins and the interstate systems well past rush hour. The issues started early. Shortly after lunch, eastbound traffic on I-10 was backed up to a near-standstill.
By nightfall, traffic congested on I-10 had backed up some twenty miles from Baton Rouge to the I-10 Basin Bridge. Traffic inside the city was also slowed in both directions on I-10 due to the amount of holiday traffic moving through the area.
On Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, close to some 50 million Americans took to the highways.
Expect the congestion to be even worse Sunday, as people head home in all directions. Sunday is the second busiest day on the roads.