New exit at I-12 W at Essen
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development announced plans to add an exit on Interstate 12 at Essen Lane.
State engineers call it a flyover ramp that will feed southbound Essen Lane. Traffic will exit a ramp that would be built above the existing Essen overpass. It would then cross back over the interstate before connecting with new lanes.
The project adds a third lane southbound on Essen all the way to Interstate Ten.
The flyover ramp could look a lot like the exit that connects I-12 to I-10.
DOTD said studies show Drusilla Lane gets swamped with traffic daily, and Jefferson Highway and Essen stack up as a result.
The state calls Essen a critical medical corridor, and the project will help response times for EMS, fire and police.