Burbank gets 5th lane
BATON ROUGE - Drivers who use Burbank Drive near LSU will notice shrinking lanes to make room for a center turning lane.
The Department of Transportation begins work Thursday to add the fifth lane. Work begins at University Commons near Jennifer Jean and ends at Nicholson Drive.
"It should allow people to get through easier. It's also going to make it safer because you don't have that congestion backing up," DOTD spokesman Brendan Rush said. "People can turn whenever there is an opening and not worrying about traffic behind them or traffic coming from the sides."
Drivers are forced to stop at intersections when they want to make a left turn since there is no turning lane, which can sometimes lead to wrecks.
The $28,000 project will restripe the four lane road to a five lane thruway instead.
What's unique about this plan is that a DOTD study showed no additional space will be needed for the extra lane.
"You'll have plenty of room for the five lanes," Rush said. "You'll still have two lanes in each direction. But it will be that center turn lane that we kind of have the luxury with the amount of space out there to add that lane in."
Traffic lights with center turning signals are also being placed on this strip of road.
DOTD plans to work on this project next week and finish by Monday, November 11th.