Friday, January 12, 2018

Did hell freeze over?

If you have ever traveled via I-12 or I-10 through Baton Rouge, then you know there is a certain stretch of interstate that bedevils everyone regardless of direction.  Well, it appears something is gonna be did. 


Along with several Louisiana government leaders, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a significant transportation plan Friday that should offer long-awaited relief for frustrated motorists statewide.

The $600 million initiative includes the following projects with financing relying largely on federal bonds, which would be repaid by the state over 12 years.

• A substantial portion of the I-10 reconstruction and widening from the Mississippi River Bridge to the I-10/I-12 split in Baton Rouge; widening is required to maintain traffic during the reconstruction process.
 Unbelievable.  Get rid of those tolls in NOLA and that Governor would have the job for life.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The damn bridge is the bottleneck.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

Wow! Must be nice - a functioning freakin' government that's focused on fixing sh*t, compared to these geniuses in the Mississippi legislature like Taterous Maximus and his alternative facts; saying the state is in great shape because of his massive tax cuts.

Anonymous said...

The tolls on the GNO went away in 2013. http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/05/crescent_city_connection_tolls_9.html

Kingfish said...

Um, I guess I was just donating to coffee fund the last time I crossed the Causeway.

Anonymous said...

Took a Democrat to finally do something about this bottleneck.

Anonymous said...

The bottleneck is the fricking hairpin turn on the westbound side after the bridge and then funneling into ONE lane. The moron that built that should have it shoved up his arse. Unbelievable that it's been like that for so long without being corrected.

Anonymous said...

2:10 - widening the I-10 is going to be good, but if you think it is going to get rid of the bottleneck, wait til you want to cross the river. If the bridge remains as it is without a new lane, the bottleneck will still be there.

Yes, if you are traveling local, and don't want to keep heading south (which is the route I take regularly) this will be nice - maybe even worth borrowing $600M from the feds. But, don't get your hopes, or your Dem pecker, up thinking this will eliminate that cluster.

Anonymous said...

210. Guess in your mind it takes a Democrat to fix the mess a Democrat made? That I10/110 exit, nor any of the rest of this ill designed cluster was not created during any Republican administration. And that has as little to do with the price of eggs as does your attempt at a meaningful comment.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that Eisenhower was a Republican, he created that mess in BR.

Bill Dees said...

KF, regarding your 2:04 comment, the Causeway isn't the GNO. The Causeway isn't the Mississippi River Bridge.

Anonymous said...

Taterous Maximus! I like that!

Anonymous said...

That "bottleneck", or whatever you call it, is TERRIFYING - in both directions. I have more trouble heading EAST, as the bridge ends, for some reason. It IS unbelievable - impossible. But then, in Louisiana, you'd better be prepared to believe far more than six impossible things before breakfast. Basically, it's not really America. Louisiana's like Puerto Rico: a Latin American "protectorate" of the USA.

The condition of the Louisiana interstates, on the way between Jackson and Baton Rouge - PLUS that weirdness at the bridge - have pretty much stopped our travel to Lafayette. I don't think we've been, in thirteen years. And Lafayette's our favorite place in the world. Some Mardi Gras royalty has a big house for sale in River Ranch, right now - amazing - right on the river, modeled after a palace in Salzburg, and priced to sell. Perfect to retire to, in a few years. But then, how would we travel to Mississippi (other than by plane)?

Which leads me to a couple of questions. Has anybody taken the Audubon Bridge? Does it take forever to go that way? Does the route take you over scary roads, and put one in peril of crooked backwoods "law"-enforcement speed-traps/shakedowns? The connecting roads look pretty rural - middle-of-nowhere.

And how about the bridge connecting 'Airline Highway' with 'Ronald Regan Highway'? Is it as horrible as the Airline Highway bridge in New Orleans used to be (da Huey Long, which I hear has been improved)? Does that take you through super-scary areas?

Any OTHER alternate routes over the river, which don't run through the notorious speed-trap areas?

Anonymous said...

the 4:02 comment meant Eastbound, not westbound.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, 6:26!!! I read that comment twice thinking "that's not how I remember that" but it has been 15 years since I lived there.

Anonymous said...

It probably doesn't have as much traffic as I10 in BR, but the 85/65 interchange is ridiculous.

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