Letter: Station officers at busy traffic intersections to help with traffic flow

As a possible supplement to expensive and longer-term traffic plans, can we try a “no or low-cost experiment” for 30 days (Monday through Fridays only) before the school term ends in late May?

Suppose we station law enforcement at 10 of our busiest intersections (such as Lee at Perkins, College at I-10, Essen at I-10, Essen at OLOL, Essen at Perkins, Bluebonnet at Perkins, Jefferson at Corporate, Sherwood at Coursey, Airline at Coursey and Airline at Old Hammond) from about 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again from about 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

These well-trained officers can help direct the traffic loads, timely regulate and provide longer green light cycles and prevent turning vehicles from blocking intersections. As a fellow daily traveler on these roadways, hopefully there are options other than adding lanes or creating a toll road, both of which have their own merits.

Our city has so many positive qualities, but the negative traffic stain needs to be cleansed.

Mayor Kip Holden and the Metro Council are to be commended for the Green Light Program, but can’t we try simpler and less expensive options to supplement that program?

If the experiment does not noticeably improve traffic flow, then we have lost nothing other than 30 days of “due diligence.”

If the experiment happens to help at some of these intersections, then we will have improved the commute times for thousands of daily travelers without spending added public dollars.

Larry Roedel


Baton Rouge