Cody Matherne


Over the years of living and driving around Baton Rouge, what I have come to notice is where the traffic usually begins is at on ramps. This seems to be because people typically have a fear of or have never learned to merge into lanes of traffic. This is especially the issue at the College East Bound On Ramp, more so because a large part of the traffic entering the interstate at this point have the intention of going 1-12 which in order to do so need to be in the middle to left lane. At this point you have traffic coming from the west on 1-10 traveling in excess of 55 MPH on 3.anes meeting traffic entering and crossing lanes at or below 50 MPH to get to their destination. This begins the braking process and when people peak the college overpass and see break gets ahead of them, they begin braking and so forth behind them until it continues all the way back to the bottle neck at the bridge. While I believe the overall plan is a good one, it still isn’t addressing some major issues and I understand that money is the main factor in deciding what is done. But I’ve attached a simple sketch of what I believe will help alleviate the issue called out above. It’s a mirror concept of the west bound College Ramp. On I-12 East bound at 61 intersection, extend the off ramp/on ramp lane through and pass the intersection similar to Clearview in Metairie with concrete jersey barriers. A camera system can be set up to issue tickets to those who attempt to use this on/off ramp access as an avenue to pass any traffic that may be sitting in the main I-12 lanes.


Thank you for your suggestion. Traffic studies were conducted to evaluate performance. I-10 eastbound does not have the merge issue that I-10 wesbound has. In the westbound direction, three lane changes are needed to get from I-10 wetbound to exit at College. In the eastbound direction, when entering at the College EB ramp, only one lane change is needed to access I-12.