Traffic on Interstate 12 eastbound in Baton Rouge in the afternoon was terrible before the completion of the additional lane. I live in the O’Neal Lane area. Now that the stretch of interstate between the O’Neal Lane and Range Avenue exits is complete, going home is a breeze, which I appreciate greatly. However, my morning commute time has doubled since the opening of all three lanes. Why?
Response from Dustin Annison, public information officer, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development:
There has been an increase in drivers using I-12 westbound during the morning commute instead of alternate routes since the new lanes opened between O’Neal Lane and Juban Road.
Traffic flow on I-12 westbound should improve once the I-10 widening project between the I-10/I-12 split and Siegen Lane is complete, and the ramp meters at the I-12/O’Neal Lane interchange are activated. The widening project is scheduled to be complete in early 2013. The ramp meters will be activated upon completion of the East Baton Rouge city-parish’s Green Light Plan project on O’Neal Lane.
DOTD is also in the process of defining the scope for a study that will help identify projects that can improve the robustness and resiliency of Baton Rouge’s local surface street network. This will allow the state to get relatively low- cost projects that have the maximum benefit on the street more quickly that will give drivers in the Baton Rouge area more options for their daily commutes.