DOTD to remove S-curve on I-12 eastbound

POSTED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:04pm

More than 85,000 motorists drive through an S-curve on I-12 everyday.

The curve was put in place so construction workers would have room to build a third lane going east on I-12 as part of the $146 million Geaux Wider project.

“It’s kind of like the old saying - the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable,” stated Mike Sasser with Geaux Wider. “Sometimes with this construction, the benefits are on the completion end, but getting there requires some cooperation from the community.”

However, the traffic tension drivers feel during rush hour is about to ease up because the S-curve will be no more, at least going east.

The Department of Transportation made this stretch of road a top priority.

“All traffic will remain in the eastbound lands and go over to the Amite eastbound bridge, as opposed to shifting across the median into the westbound lane in the opposite direction, said Sasser. “It was done as soon as possible, because we did realize that the congestion issue was going to be there. It's going to be a lot easier to navigate. It's not just drivers that will be happy about the switch.”

Mitch Wasden with Oschner agrees, “Our emergency department has over 150 patients a day and probably 20 of those come by ambulance. So when an ambulance is coming - and depending upon the time of day - on I-12, it can be incredibly backed up and every minute counts when you're in an ambulance, so we're really excited about it.”

Officials say the roads are just going to get better from here on out.

“We promise we're going to get off the roadways just as soon as we can and leave a much improved interstate in our wake,” said Sesser. 

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