Graves speaks on Washington Street exit at Press Club
BATON ROUGE - There's one part of I-10 that bottlenecks to one lane and it's the source of major congestion that sets off ripple effects around the Baton Rouge area.
Monday at Baton Rouge Press Club, Rep. Garret Graves spoke about the issues and possible solutions to the traffic problem.
"This probably should have been anticipated 40 years ago," said Graves. "We should have been well on a path to having it addressed by now."
Graves says he would like to find a way to reconfigure the existing road to try to accommodate more lanes. The idea would include an additional east bound lane drafted from new striping on the road. The Department of Transportation and Development confirms it has met with Graves to discuss traffic issues on I-10 and possible changes to the Washington Street exit.
"I'm not saying close Washington Street," said Graves. "This is the only place in the nation where the interstate system drops down to one lane. That is ridiculous."
Graves says he's looking for a solution to the back-up the Washington Street exit creates that won't have an adverse impact on the adjacent community and that the fix should be a priority.
DOTD says there is a public meeting to discuss possible traffic solutions sometime in August. The meeting date has been set.
The state department recently collected 13,829 responses from an I-10 corridor survey. Those responses are under review.