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BATON ROUGE - The traffic nightmare in the capital city is getting worse, according to numbers from the state.

Wednesday, the Department of Transportation released its findings of traffic incidents in 2014.

The number of incidents are up by more than 1400, accidents blocking lanes increased by 36 and delay clearing time increased by a minute.

"Traffic congestion is common place in a lot of these areas," DOTD Intelligence Transportation System Director Stephen Glascock said.

The agency says the amount of traffic incidents increased by nine percent overall in the greater Baton Rouge area last year. Incidents includes any time there is crash or when authorities respond to a report.

According to DOTD, the average time to clear a blocked road took on average 23 minutes in 2013. Last year, it took 24 minutes to clear the road.

"That average is going to vary somewhat. But if you look over a period of two to three to five years, we can see a trend where the traffic incident management program has been able to reduce the time," Glascock said.

It took 42 minutes to clear roadways in 2007, he said.
DOTD believes it saw an uptick last year because of more cars on the interstate.

"Certainly when you have an increase in traffic, you're going to have an increase in incidents," Glascock said.

DOTD also blames the longer time clearing roads on more dangerous crashes that took more than three hours to clear.

Last year, there were three crashes that took longer than three hours. In 2013, there was one.



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