Traffic congestion lessens in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Traffic congestion lessens in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 4:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 4:17pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) - The two major cities in Louisiana have shown traffic improvements, according to the 2010 INRIX Traffic Congestion Report, which lists the “100 Most Congested Metro Cities”.

Baton Rouge moved from 32nd to 42nd, while New Orleans moved from 35th to 40th.

The dissipation of traffic in Baton Rouge is mostly due to the widening of the interstate systems running through the town.

- Both I-10 and I-12 are being expanded from four to six lanes in both East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes.
- O’neal Lane will be widened from two to five lanes between Florida Boulevard and I-12.
- Roads and bridges leading to and crossing the Amite River will be widened as well.
New Orleans is rebuilding damaged roads caused by Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes.

- New ramps are being built at the I-10/Causeway Boulevard, to both ensure safety and ease congestion.
- Replacing the I-10 Twin Span Bridge between Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. The new bridge will be three lanes instead of two, and will be 30 feet high instead of the pre-existing 9 foot height.
- The Huey P. Long Bridge will be expanded and have three 11-foot lanes on both sides.
- I-10 between Veterans and Clearview will be widened from three to five lanes.

The INRIX National Traffic Scorecard 2010 Annual Report provides an analysis of the state of congestion in 2010 across America and how it changed versus 2009. The report is available at here.

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