Why traffic was such a mess Thursday evening
BATON ROUGE- Rush hours here are usually never easy and short, but Thursday's drive home was outrageous, according to some drivers who were stuck for 30-minutes or longer going nowhere fast on area interstates.
Traffic was snarled through East Baton Rouge Parish on all three systems: I-10, I-110, and I-12 beginning before the rush even started.
Long before 4pm, a car stalled in a westbound lane of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge. Quickly, traffic was stopped at the 10/110 merge.
Then, it became worse. Growing from the merge to College to the 10/12 Split, eventually toward the Mall of Louisiana.
Simultaneously, I-110 began to slow because of an accident.
As the evening commute got longer, more wrecks caused heavier delays. One at Washington Street, then at Dalrymple forced traffic to stop approaching the Ascension Parish line.
Traffic headed west was slow until 7 p.m.
Earlier in the day, before this nightmare, state lawmakers discussed traffic congestion on I-12 in a senate transportation committee where they asked traffic leaders for a report on why I-12 becomes such a mess when something happens on that corridor.
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