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DOTD studying how to eliminate I-10 traffic

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BATON ROUGE- The Department of Transportation and Development has hired a consulting firm to study how to improve traffic conditions on I-10 between the Mississippi River Bridge and the 10/12 Split.

DOTD also wants to get some input from drivers and people who live near the interstate to help improve the study.

"We understand the community's sensitivity of the area so we want a real good partnership with the community," said Sherri LeBas, Secretery of DOTD.

Already some drivers are sounding off on what they'd like to see fixed.

"I think it definitely needs an extra lane coming off the bridge, that'd probably be the best way to fix the problem," said Thomas Tyler, referring to the one lane exiting the Mississippi River Bridge. That stretch is the only area where I-10 shrinks to one lane in the entire country.

"That's certainly on the table to look at that area, what can we do in that eastbound direction to help facilitate better movement through there," said LeBas.

Other drivers want to see changes that would eliminate cars on the road.

"The major concern should be an alternative source of public transportation like a light passenger rail," said Reverend George Turner.

DOTD hopes to complete the study by the beginning of next year, and plans to have some better options on the table to alleviate traffic.


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