POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:19pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Everyone knows the frustration of trying to get home after a long week and having to sit in traffic.People who commute in and out of the Capitol City feel that pain a little more than most. According to a study published in "Governing Magazine" traffic in Baton Rouge on a Friday afternoon adds seven minutes to the average half hour drive home.
"Baton Rouge wants to be a major city, but they don't want to do major things. How are you going to be a major city if you don't do major things,” says motorist Lloyd Harris
Harris feels the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development hasn't done enough to fix the traffic issues plaguing Baton Rouge. He says more roundabouts, toll lanes and u-turns would help ease the congestion. D.O.T.D. says the $315 million construction plan they're doing is helping to ease drivers' pain.
"D.O.T.D. has made critical corridors like I-10 and I-12 in Baton Rouge such a priority to ease congestion and make it safer and more efficient and traffic flowing more smoother for motorists, for truck drivers, for everyone in general," says D.O.T.D. spokesperson Amber Leach.
But drivers feel that it's not D.O.T.D., but the other motorists out on the road that are the real cause of all of Baton Rouge's traffic woes.
"I think the biggest problem here is the drivers…They like to sit in the left hand lane, talk on their cell phones, text on their cell phones and do 55 down the highway," says motorist Kurt Mixon.