Posted: Sep 9, 2011 7:22 AM by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say workers next week will revamp a controversial exit route off the new Mississippi River Bridge.
The current setup requires westbound traffic on the bridge headed for La. 1 to use the right "exit only" lane.
The change will return traffic patterns to the previous configuration, which allowed westbound motorists on the three-lane stretch to take the Plaquemine and Port Allen exit from the middle or right lanes.
Officials of the state Department of Transportation and
Development made the one-lane switch in August 2010 because they thought it would improve traffic flow.
Ken Albarez, deputy sheriff for the traffic division of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, says traffic problems triggered by the change also led to between 40 and 50 accidents.