Traffic in Baton Rouge is never fun since just about everyone in the capital region uses I-10 to get from place to place and it might get worse before it gets better.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation is looking to expand the amount of lanes from Terrace Avenue to Acadian over four years and $50 million.
However, in order to expand the interstate into four lanes in both directions, they will have to reduce it to two travel lanes in both directions first for about a year, which will lead to major and consistent congestion.
To pave the way for that project, DOTD is trying to work to reduce some of the congestion that will come once they start construction in 2024.
A spokesman for DOTD said there are multiple options to help, including telecommuting, flexed schedules, and changing some traffic signals on surface streets to help people get around more easily. They are also working with the trucking industry to see if they can change some delivery times and routes.
The widening project is expected be completed in 2027, but during the construction process DOTD is asking the public to bear with them because they know in the long run four lanes will make a big difference.