Baton Rouge residents want Holden to tackle traffic, crime

Baton Rouge residents want Holden to tackle traffic, crime
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 7:04pm

If you've driven in Baton Rouge, you've no doubt experienced the frustration of sitting in traffic. Mayor-President Kip Holden's Green Light Plan was supposed to ease some of that congestion, but drivers say it hasn't gone far enough.

"The roads you see all this congestion here. People here you have to use the interstate to get around the city. We don't have enough main feeder lines, feeder roads," says Thomas Gandolfo.

Drivers, even ones famous for preaching, say the solution to the problem could be the much talked about, but never implemented Loop.

"I think the circle that they kept talking about building around the city would be a great help," says preacher Jimmy Swaggart.

And while drivers believe the increase in traffic is no surprise.

"I don't think any city can possibly keep pace with the growth as fast as this one has grown," states Swaggart.

They believe if the problem isn't fixed soon frustration won't be the mayor's only problem with Baton Rouge traffic.

"It's going to stop the growth of this city, if he doesn't improve the arteries, the main traffic arteries," says Gandolfo.

But with murders up almost 5%, potential growth and traffic certainly aren't the only priorities residents want the mayor to tackle.

“Too much crime. It's even worse than the city of Chicago if you can believe that," states Gandolfo.

Believe it or not even with all the issues, most residents’ say there's no place they'd rather be.

"I like Baton Rouge and don't find any faults with it to be frank with you,” states Swaggart.

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