Overturned tractor trailer puts traffic at a standstill

POSTED: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 8:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 9:15pm

Traffic on I-10 E is open again, after a tractor trailer carrying hazardous materials overturned early this morning. Traffic was backed up all over the capital city. The accident happened in the eastbound land of I-10 right after the 10-12 split. Crews had to shut down the eastbound lane of I-10 for more than 12 hours, re-routing cars away from the accident. The rig overturned after the driver noticed flames coming from his axle. He disconnected the bed from the cab. Shortly after, it turned on its side.

There are over 200,000 cars that travel the interstate every single day in Baton Rouge, and when something goes wrong, it affects the entire city. It's a frustration that, drivers say, happens entirely too much.

"The last time this happened, I sat [in traffic] for four hours," says Crystal Berthelot.

The Department of Transportation and Development is working to reduce traffic issues in Baton Rouge. Currently, 16 miles of roadway on interstates 10 and 12 are being widened from two lanes to three in each direction.

"It will decrease travel time and increase safety," says Geaux Wider spokesman Darrel Cole.

Those widening projects will be done by 2013 at the latest, but even that won't solve every problem. Sometimes, bad traffic in a big city just happens.

"This much traffic at this time of the day, there's nothing we can do to make the traffic perfect."

There are several ways that drivers can get the latest traffic information. Stay updated at www.dotd.la.gov. You can also follow DOTD on Twitter and Facebook, or dial 511 for the most up-to-date traffic information. That information can be accessed on www.511la.org.

See what's new with the widening project at www.GeauxWider.com

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