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goofball
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Miss. River Bridge Panel hears how new crossing will impact traffic (it's big)

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New MRB crossing south of Baton Rouge would save an astounding 1 million hours per year for Louisiana drivers. That's nearly twice as impactful as what the same study indicated that widening I-10 through the city of Baton Rouge would be - and that project was actually accelerated by the La Legislature and DOTD because of the anticipated impact on traffic.

At least 25,000 local drivers would pay a toll to cross the new bridge at any of the 3 locations being considered- almost all of that would be from drivers choosing the new bridge instead of I-10.

The new bridge would lead to an increase in traffic in Plaquemine, but a decrease in traffic for the LA1/I-10 interchange and the I-10 bridge.

$300 million is allocated towards the project so far and more is coming every year thanks to a change in Louisiana's funding mechanism for this project. The total cost depends on the exact alignment chosen.

Federal and environmental review will take up to 2 years, so construction would start around summer 2024.

The conclusion is predictable to anyone that drives in south Louisiana. This project has a tremendous amount of value to Louisiana drivers, it would make a huge impact on regional traffic, and it must move forward.

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Mississippi River bridge panel hears how new crossing will impact traffic patterns

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The Capital Area Road and Bridge District is meeting today with plans to hear from consultants about how a potential new Mississippi River bridge crossing would change traffic patterns.

Officials have picked three possible sites out of 32 options for the bridge, all in Iberville Parish with connections on the west side of the river south of Plaquemine and on the east side of the river in St. Gabriel.

“I don’t expect there to be much variation between the three options,” says Scott Kirkpatrick, executive director of Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure.


SPEEDY
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That bridge being built south of Plaquemine isn’t gonna save shite


dewster
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New MRB crossing south of Baton Rouge would save an astounding 1 million hours per year for Louisiana drivers.


This state has spent so much money on stupid things. This one would actually make a big impact.

Let's get this done!


goofball
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That bridge being built south of Plaquemine isn’t gonna save shit



The experts that actually looked into this say otherwise.


vilma4prez
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It's no loop..

But ill take it


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Jim Rockford
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I suggest we commission a study.


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member12
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The new bridge would lead to an increase in traffic in Plaquemine, but a decrease in traffic for the LA1/I-10 interchange and the I-10 bridge.



They will use this as justification for a highway by pass around Plaquemine that connects this bridge to I-10.

And I'm 100% okay with that. Needs to happen.


Bourre
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Obligatory “it will never be ready in time” post


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SPEEDY
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quote:

The experts that actually looked into this say otherwise.


Anyone that has regularly driven La 1 southbound during normal peak driving time knows it is shite.

La 1 can’t even handle the traffic increase during sugarcane season as it is now. Where is all this new traffic heading towards that bridge gonna go?


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fightin tigers
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That number seems high. They should fund a study to see if that is correct.


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Jim Rockford
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quote:

They will use this as justification for a highway by pass around Plaquemine that connects this bridge to I-10.


Plaquemine gets a loop before Baton Rouge does. FACT.


Bulldozer1899
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Of the 126k vehicle per day on the existing new bridge the proposed bridge would be used by 24k vehicles

Sounds like it will fix the traffic problems


tigerinthebueche
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Man they should build a nice beautiful bridge like the one in New Roads. I hauled hay over that thing three or four times this weekend. It was great. Not a soul but me was on it. It’s such a lovely bridge.






cyarrr
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quote:

Of the 126k vehicle per day on the existing new bridge the proposed bridge would be used by 24k vehicles Sounds like it will fix the traffic problems


Still a significant decrease.

Also, I’d imagine the additional lanes being added to Interstate 10 will help with flow but adversely affect surface street traffic.


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4x4tiger
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Federal and environmental review


....and here we frickin go. Where good ideas go to die. They're gonna save the Speckled Penis bird
This post was edited on 9/26 at 6:09 pm


member12
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Man they should build a nice beautiful bridge like the one in New Roads.


It gets a whopping 5,000 cars per day. And that’s probably an over estimate.

But New Roads actually wanted the bridge and lobbied for it for decades. So they have one and a bypass while Baton Rouge chokes in traffic.


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That’s a million dollar song right there.


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djangochained
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Yes it definitely will


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TheFlyingTiger
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quote:

Speckled Penis bird
how you cook one a dem?


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cypresstiger
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at any of the 3 locations being considered-
…so construction would start around summer 2024
—-HA! First, they have to pick one of the routes…THEN the feds get involved. Then bids…then bribes…then weather and meteor delays. THEN they can start building. In 2030 at the earliest


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