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  • More synchronized traffic signals planned

    April 18, 2014 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to discuss syncing more traffic lights, especially ones in one of the busiest areas of town. The Metro Council will decide about replacing lights on College and Perkins to better regulate traffic flow. On College, lights at Bawell and Banks could be replaced.... more »
  • I-12 reopened after 5 mile jam near Livingston/Tangi line

    April 18, 2014 5:13 PM

    HAMMOND- I-12 eastbound was reopened Friday around 5:30 p.m. The interstate was a parking lot due to a series of wrecks and a previous closure near the mall Friday afternoon. The traffic jam reached near the Livingston Parish line, about five miles in length. State traffic monitors... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge construction creates problems for drivers Play Video

    April 16, 2014 9:52 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Structural repairs to the Sunshine Bridge are creating long commutes and no room for error for drivers. Since February, the bridge has been down to one lane in each direction and with a 13-and-a-half feet height limit. Tuesday, an 18-wheeler clipped the overhead metal barrier, which... more »
  • LSP: Avoid Sunshine Bridge after wide load mishap

    April 15, 2014 8:36 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Traffic leaving the city, headed east can not use the Sunshine Bridge since all but on lane of the bridge over the Mississippi River are closed. State Police told drivers to avoid the area and use alternate routes late Tuesday. Immediately after the incident, only traffic headed into... more »
  • Finally, road closed signs to be removed at Woodlake Bridge

    April 11, 2014 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Finally, after some two years, people will once again be able to cross a bridge that links them with the rest of the road. The Woodlake Drive Bridge is partially open and will fully reopen next week. It's been closed since May 2012 and the construction project... more »
  • Meeting set to discuss road work on Hoooper

    April 11, 2014 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tuesday, city leaders want to discuss a widening project for Hooper Road. Engineers are just beginning the process of redesigning the busy highway. Right now, it is two lanes. The meeting about Hooper Road is set for April 15th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It will... more »
  • Avoid College Drive this weekend

    April 11, 2014 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Get ready for a nightmare Saturday on College Drive since the city is closing both southbound (headed from I-10 to Perkins) lanes and moving traffic to the center turn lane. The closure is for sewer repairs and will impact the street in front of Wal Mart. It... more »
  • Storm debris still lingers, forces lane closures

    April 7, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Expect traffic delays on Florida Boulevard between Sherwood Forest Blvd. and Little John Drive due to closures related to last night's bad weather. There are downed power lines and roof debris, so the outside, eastbound lane is closed. The service road on the south side of Florida... more »
  • Man arrested after car chase

    April 7, 2014 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man trying to escape a traffic stop crashed into two cars and was arrested on a number of charges including battery on a police officer. Deputies say Carl McFadden was driving with a broken taillight Sunday afternoon. When a patrol unit tried to stop him,... more »
  • Senator talks solutions for traffic problems Play Video

    April 4, 2014 10:36 PM

    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... more »
  • House to consider restrictions on traffic cameras

    March 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House will debate a proposal to place new limits on automated speed enforcement systems that towns and cities use to issue traffic tickets. The bill is part of an annual effort by New Orleans Rep. Jeff Arnold to chip away at traffic cameras. Arnold says the... more »
  • Update: All lanes open on I-12, still congested

    March 30, 2014 11:21 AM

    WALKER, La. - An overturned truck is causing traffic problems on I-12 East near South Satsuma Road. The accident is cleard and all lanes are open, but traffic is backed up to Juban Road. Police say expect heavy delays for the next few hours and if possible find... more »
  • Speeding drivers making quiet neighborhood dangerous Play Video

    March 27, 2014 10:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who live in the Capital Heights neighborhood are concerned about drivers who speed down their street. Capital Heights Avenue is a single lane, one-way road with multi-purpose lanes on either side. Residents usually walk or ride a bike along the road at all times of... more »
  • Fire in woods slows traffic on I-12

    March 26, 2014 1:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Traffic was slow leading up to Wednesday's evening rush due to a fire in the woods, a state traffic alert reported. Traffic was described as very slow at 2 p.m. on I-12 eastbound near the Livingston exit. The smoke was causing significant issues between mile marker 24 and... more »
  • 'Worst Road' to get $10 million repair

    March 21, 2014 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A $10 million resurfacing project is in the works for a road WBRZ viewers and users ranked as one of the area's worst. LA 1 from Plaquemine to White Castle will be fixed later this year. The street is full of potholes. "It needs a... more »
  • After days of gridlock, senator wants traffic report

    March 21, 2014 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state senator wants a report about traffic after a series of incidents where people were sitting in gridlock. "You got shoulders, you got three lanes of traffic, and they're closing two lanes," said State Sen. Dale Erdey. "It's causing all these vehicles to merge into... more »
  • Why traffic was such a mess Thursday evening

    March 20, 2014 11:23 PM

    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... more »
  • Mayor to announce Government Street improvements Wednesday

    March 18, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, the mayor is expected to announce improvements to the busy Mid City artery of Government Street. The highway was recently taken from the control of the state and passed to the city and its Department of Public Works. Government Street will make up a total of... more »
  • Leaders approve road takeover

    March 12, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a plan to take control over busy roads from the state, streamlining and expediting road construction on the major thoroughfares. Wednesday, the metro council approved a move to take Government Street, a section of Nicholson Drive, and River Road from the control of the... more »
  • State has plans to deal with terrible traffic

    March 11, 2014 11:05 PM

    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... more »
  • BR ranked in Top 50 for terrible traffic, Top 100 for worst highway Play Video

    March 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Drivers here got proof of what they've been living in: commuting in the Capital City is horrendous. Recently, a traffic tracking company released a study of the most congested cities and highway systems in the world. Baton Rouge was ranked in the top 50 of all of... more »
  • Update: All lanes open, still congested

    March 9, 2014 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two separate accidents are causing delays on I-10. The first one is due to a vehicle fire that happened Sunday morning. All lanes have reopened on I-10, however the interstate is still backed up in both directions due to a vehicle fire near Perkins Road... more »
  • Traffic at I-10/12 split; mobile home fire

    March 8, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are open after a mobile home fire on I-10 eastbound at the I-10/12 split. Right now traffic is backed up to LA-77 in Grosse Tete. Stay with and watch WBRZ News 2 for the latest. more »
  • State won't install light, could improve intersection Play Video

    March 7, 2014 5:52 PM

    GALVEZ- A stretch of LA 42 deemed dangerous by residents, won't get a traffic signal installed by the state because DOTD says the traffic count doesn't meet the standards needed for a signal. Sheri Thompson, 56, was killed during a head on collision Thursday morning on LA 42 near... more »
  • Interstates, bridges close due to ice

    March 4, 2014 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras across south Louisiana is turning out to be a cold weather event as freezing temperatures caused problems for drivers Tuesday morning. More than a dozen accidents were reported in East Baton Rouge Parish because of icy conditions. Interstates were shut down around Lafayette and... more »
  • Mardi Gras traffic in Baton Rouge

    March 1, 2014 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras activities in Downtown Baton Rouge are causing traffic problems. Roads are either closed or backed up due to the Spanishtown parade rolling Satuday afternoon. Here is a list of traffic issues, we will keep this list updated throughout the day: Congestion on... more »
  • Traffic clearing plan used again Thursday night

    February 27, 2014 8:06 PM

    SATSUMA- The state's new incident response plan for busy highways was put into action again Thursday night. I-12 closed in the middle of Livingston Parish as crews worked to clear a crash that happened during rush hour. An 18-wheeler was on its side but the highway didn't fully close... more »
  • O'Neal Lane is back in business Play Video

    February 27, 2014 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses on O'Neal Lane celebrated the end of a four-year construction project. Work on O'Neal Lane has kept customers out of the area's businesses for years, forcing some companies to close their doors. The project was supposed to wrap up almost two years ago. Organizers with... more »
  • Truckers hauling hazardous materials ignoring traffic law Play Video

    February 24, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Truckers hauling hazardous materials are ignoring a law that is meant to keep people safe in an emergency. Bluebonnet, between Burbank and Nicholson, was designated a route free of hazardous materials fourteen years ago. But, WBRZ News 2 cameras caught truckers, hauling hazardous materials, disobeying the designation.... more »
  • Traffic management system eases congested commute Play Video

    February 19, 2014 10:10 PM

    HOLDEN- An accident early Wednesday involving three 18-wheelers shut down portions of I-12 throughout the day, but a new program got the road cleared quicker than usual, giving drivers at least one rush hour that was better than the last. The Traffic Incident Management System, a program recently started... more »
  • Interstate gridlock slows Wednesday night travel

    February 19, 2014 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The evening highways looked more like the afternoon rush; clogged and mostly lit from the red glow of brake lights since I-10 and I-12 both closed for a part of Wednesday night. All eastbound lanes closed just before eight on I-10 before the I-10/110 Split in downtown.... more »
  • I-12 East closed near Holden

    February 19, 2014 6:51 AM

    HOLDEN - I-12 East at the Holden exit will remain closed until noon Wednesday. Traffic is being diverted as crews continue to clear wreckage from an accident involving an 18-wheeler that happened just before Albany Tuesday night. We will update you right here as soon as the interstate... more »
  • Stretches of interstate closed for cold weather

    February 11, 2014 3:41 PM

    SHREVEPORT - State traffic officials closed two sections of interstates in northwest Louisiana Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of wintry weather. DOTD closed portions of I-49 in Caddo Parish, and I-220 in Caddo and Bossier parishes. They said this would let them focus their available resources on priority routes with... more »
  • Three rescued from wreck that clogged I-10

    February 6, 2014 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic on I-10 through East Baton Rouge Parish was stopped for hours after wrecks on both sides of the interstate during Thursday's evening rush. A fiery crash closed I-10 eastbound at Highland Road near Prairieville. Traffic was stopped as far as Bluebonnet. The road reopened at... more »
  • Heavy rain affects traffic, outages reported

    February 4, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Heavy downpours moving through East Baton Rouge Parish are affecting some people's drive home, and knocked out power to thousands. The Department of Transportation and Development said at 5:40 p.m. that high water was blocking the right and center lanes of I-110 South at Capitol Access.... more »
  • I-10 lane closures planned to repair ice storm damages

    January 31, 2014 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There will be lane closures on the I-10 Mississippi bridge this weekend so crews can fix damages left from the winter storm earlier this week. Raised pavement markers will be replaced Saturday and Sunday. Work is estimated to take place in both directions from 11 a.m. until... more »
  • DOTD: I-12 to reopen Wednesday night

    January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials said they plan to reopen I-12 from East Baton Rouge Parish to Tangipahoa Parish later Wednesday evening. The Department of Transportation and Development said crews are working to reopen I-12 East by 5 p.m., and I-12 West by 6 p.m. DOTD noted... more »
  • Ice fight to continue overnight, Wednesday morning on roads Play Video

    January 28, 2014 11:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Ice is expected to linger on highways overnight and into Wednesday, making driving dangerous. But, the state will continue to fight the ice overnight Tuesday with crews targeting priority routes. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Development said workers are covering shifts for 24-hours. Trucks... more »
  • George's Place rammed by car Play Video

    January 22, 2014 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A car smashed into the side of a bar near downtown Baton Rouge just as the evening rush was ending Wednesday. The wreck closed streets around the I-10/St. Ferdinand on ramp. Multiple police cruisers, a fire truck, and an ambulance were on scene. There were... more »
  • Dem plans probe of NJ gov's office over Sandy aid

    January 19, 2014 10:46 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey Democrat leading the investigation into traffic jams orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides says his committee will look into a new allegation of political retribution by the Republican administration. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (wiz-NOO'-skee) says Hoboken Mayor... more »
  • Friday fiasco: I-12 westbound closed

    January 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Westbound lanes of I-12 are closed through most of Livingston Parish as crews work to remove an 18-wheeler from the trees along the interstate. The truck wrecked earlier in the day and wrecker service workers are having to pull the truck from the woods. A traffic jam... more »
  • Ascension eyes traffic fix for La. 30

    December 27, 2013 8:07 PM

    GONZALES - A proposed facility at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center could create traffic tie-ups on La. 30. Leaders in Ascension Parish want to avoid the congestion, and they are looking at ways to alleviate traffic congestion. Proposed plans include replacing traffic signals with roundabouts, widening St. Landry Road,... more »
  • Survey: we're the worst drivers

    December 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tuesday morning you're sharing the roads with the nation's worst drivers, a new study reports. A website that tracks car insurance rates, posted the list. Second to Louisiana was South Carolina. "People drive reckless and fast," driver Talvin Bibbins of Baton Rouge said. "I mean, they... more »
  • EMS worker hit while working emergency scene

    December 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An emergency worker was hit by a car and taken to the hospital Friday evening. The EMS employee was hit on Greenwell Street near Landis as they were assisting an ambulance backing up. A passing car hit the worker. The person hit was not identified and... more »
  • Snarled traffic ruins Friday commute

    December 6, 2013 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Getting around town Friday has not been easy since multiple traffic issues caused serious issues on highways and interstates. On I-10, a wreck stopped traffic on both east and westbound lanes at Perkins Road. Traffic was clogged in all directions; over the river into Port Allen in... more »
  • Authorities trying to ID woman hit, killed on highway

    December 3, 2013 10:53 PM

    WALKER- An unidentified woman was killed walking along Highway 447 near Arnold Road Tuesday evening. State Police said the woman was wearing dark clothing, stepped into traffic, and was hit by a large SUV driven by a 61-year-old woman. Investigators said the driver was unable to avoid hitting the... more »
  • Hundreds busted in pop-up checkpoints

    November 25, 2013 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police were watching busy roads closely for drivers who were not following traffic laws Monday. Just more than 100 people were ticketed for not wearing seat belts in three separate checkpoints: one on Dalrymple, another on LSU Avenue near Highland Road, and a third on Sherwood Forest... more »
  • Bluebonnet open after shutdown

    November 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bluebonnet between I-10 and Jefferson Highway fully reopened after a lunchtime shutdown Monday. Emergency crews were dealing with a natural gas leak. Lanes between Oliphant and Gail were re-routed due to the leak. Traffic was impacted by this closure for less than an hour. ... more »
  • Mysterious semi hit by train

    November 22, 2013 10:30 PM

    WALKER- Police responded to what is described as a minor train collision Friday night. Police said an 18-wheeler, loaded with pipes, did not clear the railroad crossing before a train collided into the load. The truck driver apparently did not know his trailer was struck, and kept driving. ... more »
  • Light's green for traffic, new signals in BR

    November 18, 2013 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Four intersections are being regulated by new signals to regulate traffic flow. The new lights on Jefferson Highway are synchronized and can be adjusted by the time of day and amount of traffic. Another new feature allows the lights to change from green to red to allow... more »
  • Truck overturns at I-10 on-ramp

    November 18, 2013 11:28 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said an 18-wheeler overturned while trying to get onto I-10 in Ascension Parish Monday morning. Troopers said the big rig turned over at the I-10 West entrance ramp on LA 73 just after 11 a.m. State Police warned drivers in that area to find... more »
  • 6-laned I-12 is a highway dream

    November 12, 2013 11:58 PM

    PONCHATOULA- At least one lawmaker dreams of having six lanes of traffic bustling down I-12 through Tangipahoa Parish. State Senator Dale Erdy said he would like to see a wide interstate from Baton Rouge to the Mississippi state line. Much of the highway system is already six lanes, but... more »
  • $1.3 billion sewer project to cause traffic snags

    November 11, 2013 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer. The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
  • Lane change begins Thursday night

    November 6, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday evening, crews will begin to change the lane format of Burbank Drive near LSU. The state is adding a middle turn lane, brining the total lanes on the roadway to five from Nicholson to the median closer to Lee. Work is expected to only take a... more »
  • Burbank Drive roadwork begins Thursday

    November 1, 2013 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Work begins next week on a heavily-traveled roadway near LSU. Burbank Dr. will be widened from four to five lanes starting next Thursday night. Crews will re-stripe the road, between Nicholson Dr. and the Burbank Commons Apartments, to add a new center lane. New left-turn... more »
  • Gas spill requires overnight attention

    October 28, 2013 8:50 PM

    ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load. Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak. Chief James... more »
  • Southern urges homecoming fans to arrive early

    October 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police at Southern University urge fans to arrive three to four hours early for their homecoming matchup between the Jaguars and the Alcorn State Braves at 5:30 p.m. Campus officials expect the game to attract more than 20,000 people, with thousands more who will just be... more »
  • Popular intersections for red light violations

    October 23, 2013 12:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Nearly 36,000 red light violations were issued in 2012, data obtained by WBRZ News 2 shows. The College Drive lights around I-10 are at the top of the list. Some 6,000 were snapped and issued to drivers who disobeyed red lights. Following College, Sherwood Forest at... more »
  • Traffic change at College, I-10 Play Video

    October 22, 2013 8:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works believes there is a low-cost way to help relieve traffic congestion at one of Baton Rouge's busiest intersections. "I try to avoid College Drive at all costs just because it's so bad," said one driver. College Drive and I-10 is an... more »
  • Damage closes N. O. I-10W entrance ramp

    October 18, 2013 6:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says an eastern New Orleans entrance ramp to westbound Interstate 10 is closed for repairs. Spokeswoman Bambi Hall says in a news release that support girders for an underpass were damaged by an excavator on a truck traveling on eastbound... more »
  • Deputies release chase suspect's name, charges Play Video

    October 17, 2013 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies say Eric Jones, 25, didn't stop when they tried to pull him over Thursday for running a stop light, starting a chase that lasted nearly an hour. Jones took deputies on various speeds; from as slow as ten to twenty up to 80 mph on... more »
  • Man in custody after lengthy chase Play Video

    October 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase on and off of I-110 in Baton Rouge Thursday evening. It ended at Adams and Pocahontas with the suspect being surrounded and taken into custody. The suspect has been using surface streets and the interstate to... more »
  • Lane closures on Burbank Drive this week

    October 14, 2013 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers can expect some delays along a busy roadway south of LSU this week. Intermittent lane closures will be in effect on Burbank Drive, between Staring Lane and Lee Drive while crews make sewer repairs. The closures begin this morning at 9 a.m. and will... more »
  • Future of red light cameras up for vote

    October 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The future of Baton Rouge red light cameras will be voted on today at the Metro Council meeting. The current contract with American Traffic Solutions ends Jan. 1, 2014. The city-parish is asking that Metro Council members vote in favor of renewing the contract for 5... more »
  • Traffic lights synced to ease traffic

    October 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outdated traffic lights are being replaced to help the flow of traffic in Baton Rouge. The new light systems along Jefferson Hwy. will be synchronized and can switch to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Other areas will allow extra time for pedestrians and bikers. It's... more »
  • Share your thoughts on expanding Perkins Road

    September 30, 2013 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Perkins Road could be the next big road project here, and residents will get a chance to talk about it this week. There is a meeting to discuss potential routes on Wednesday at St. George School from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The project would be... more »
  • Expanded interstates are busier, more efficient new report suggests

    September 27, 2013 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new report found an expanded interstate system has lessened the time drivers spend in traffic. A group of highways who meet regularly to discuss issues with the state's highway system said Friday, issues are being dealt with to the benefit of drivers. Wrecks are also... more »
  • An alternate route to help alleviate traffic Play Video

    September 25, 2013 6:10 PM

    ZACHARY- The city of Zachary is on the move, but as the city grows it's having to deal with issues from neglected infrastructure. A plan is in the works to ease traffic by creating a bypass connecting Main Street, which is Hwy 64, to Highway 19 at McHugh Road.... more »
  • Four transported in overnight crash

    September 23, 2013 9:28 PM

    ZACHARY- A man responding to a fire call was injured in a crash that closed one of the city's busier streets Monday night. Three others were hurt when a pick-up and a sedan collided. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies investigating the crash said the man was responding... more »

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