September 18, 2012
Ever since the new Woman’s Hospital opened, traffic on Airline Highway has been snarled to a crawl during rush hour that is caused by the light cycles.
Evidently our traffic experts have determined the traffic coming east on Pecue Lane, over from Old Perkins, is more important than the traffic going north on Airline Highway. (south in the evening)
Pecue has a very light flow. There is no Interstate 10 exit at Pecue — which, by the way, is under construction but not to add an exit. This is another engineering blunder. Why not widen and add the exit that will be added anyway as soon as the experts figure out the current exits at Seigen and Highland are not going to handle the traffic? They don’t handle the traffic now!
Airline Highway was built as a two-lane road running north and south in Baton Rouge many, many years ago. It is still is the only major highway running north and south in Baton Rouge. Countless red lights and turn lanes have been added. Does that help with volume? Not really.
Growth is a good thing, and Baton Rouge is certainly growing, but it would be nice if our infrastructure could grow with our prosperity and not lag behind.