According to a recent Insurify study, Baton Rouge traffic ranks 13th nationally.
The study used TomTom’s traffic congestion monitoring system to find average commute times and congestion percentages to rank the 20 worst cities to drive in. Los Angeles was first, followed by San Francisco and New York city.
The study found Baton Rouge commuters to have the shortest average commute of 21.5 minutes, but a troubling 26% congestion level. “You can just time it on a daily basis from right as the schools let out, all the way until about 6, 7 pm at night and then of course at lunch, during the day around noon, you’re just sitting there going 3, 2, 1 there’s a traffic accident right there, and oh look, backs it up for miles on end,” said local driver, Zachary Wright.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development representative, Rodney Mallet, pointed out that while Baton Rouge is one of the smaller cities on the list, large cities tend to have more resources. “You have some very large cities of course there’s going to be a lot more traffic, but those cities have a lot more resources as well, so that’s one of the things we are always fighting, we are trying to operate in 2018 with 1980’s funding,” Mallet said.
The DOTD works on a variety of projects to alleviate traffic problems in Louisiana, including one to widen I 10. “We believe that will certainly help the capacity for Baton Rouge, it is not the only thing, it’s not the magic answer,” said Mallet.
Mallet said Baton Rouge presents a unique challenge, with a river in the middle of the interstate system, limiting options for relief. Some innovative options are being considered, such as telecommuting or staggering work schedules, both of which DOTD encourages, but can’t directly control.
The Baton Rouge government, DOTD and BREC are working on several other options, including routes for people to bike and walk to work. “It all depends on funding of course, but how that plan is going to work is we’re all 3 working together with the public to identify the bike routes that would be used by the public. Instead of all of us doing separate things we’re all trying to pool our resources and pool our knowledge,” Mallet said.
The full Insurify study can be found at: https://insurify.com/insights/cities-with-the-worst-traffic/