DOTD sees increase in vehicles on roads, adding to Baton Rouge’s traffic congestion

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Drivers in the Capitol City said it’s no secret that the traffic has been bad lately.

“It’s horrible, it’s awful,” said Shonquell LeBlanc.

Over the last few weeks, more drivers have hit the highway, causing more traffic to already congested roadways.

“Certainly over the last weeks it’s gotten a lot worse,” said Gray Timmons.

The gridlock has drivers like Gray questioning why is it happening now.

“What was normally a 15-minute trip can be a 45-minute trip or an hour right now,” said Gray.

Rodney Mallett with the Department of Transportation and Development said they are seeing an increase of about 5,000 additional vehicles on the roads each day.

“It’s not just doing the peak hours, it’s really all times of the day right now,” said Mallett.

Along with more vehicles, things like debris cleanup and traffic lights are adding to the backup.

“Right now the driving conditions are changing continuously with the additional folks in the area, additional traffic, we have debris on the roadways. We still have a lot of signals that we have to repair so you know the sensors, a lot of those sensors were destroyed so we’re having to replace and repair sensors as well,” said Mallett.

As crews work to alleviate this traffic nightmare, drivers are trying their best to be patient.

“I feel like they should have more roadways, interstates and highways,” said LeBlanc.

“I guess they should just be patient with DOTD to get things cleaned up and understand that there’s just a lot of devastation right now. It’s a lot of contributing factors that I hadn’t even thought of,” said Timmons.

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