My wife and I recently traveled from Cabot, Ark., to Baton Rouge for the LSU-Ole Miss game. Being native to the state of Louisiana we are lifelong Tiger fans.
The point of my letter is, we were appalled at the traffic in and around Baton Rouge. The I-10 Mississippi River bridge has only two lanes entering the capital city of the state.
A city of this size with the major thoroughfare (Interstate 10) constricted to one lane after crossing the Mississippi River is ludicrous. Traffic was at a standstill two miles west of the city.
Here’s my recommendation: Start a drive to develop a highway loop around the city, one segment of road to link into Interstate 10 to the south and one segment of road to link into Interstate 12 to the north. Baton Rouge is too robust to continue operating like this.
The inner-city road construction blockades aren’t helped by through traffic adding to the muddle. Many major cities have a loop system to accommodate through and peripheral traffic. Baton Rouge would certainly benefit from a 21st century highway system. Geaux Tigers!