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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 intersection that attracts thousands of cars daily. DPW says the solution is called a diverging diamond interchange and involves redirecting traffic to the opposite side of the road.

It's a diamond-shaped interchange that moves the two directions of traffic on the non-freeway road to cross to the opposite sides under the freeway. Drivers would ultimately be driving on the "wrong" side of the road.

DPW says it's a simple and cost-effective idea. Chief Traffic Engineer Ingolf Partenheimer says the project would cost about $2 million since all the traffic signals are already in place. The biggest addition would be re-striping the road and adding traffic signs for guidance.

The project could be tackled in two years, if given both federal and state approval.

These intersections can be found in Kansas, Missouri and Georgia.




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