I am in agreement with a letter published in the May 24 edition of The Advocate expressing concern and extreme displeasure with the so-called ?improved? one-lane bridge exit to the Port Allen/Plaquemine area.
There is also another major issue with traffic backing up in the downtown Baton Rouge area for those people trying to get on the bridge to use the Port Allen/Plaquemine exit at 5 p.m. for the exact same reasons.
Trying to get on the bridge from the downtown area at 5 p.m. is a nightmare! It used to take 10 minutes to get on the bridge. Now it can take up to 30 minutes. This change has not improved anything as far as traffic goes, but has only made the situation increasingly worse.
Trying to merge into the Port Allen/Plaquemine exit lane from the downtown on-ramp is not only dangerous because of people trying to get over at the last second, but also extremely slow-moving because of all the drivers trying to pile into the one lane.
On a daily basis, traffic is backed up substantially down Government Street and St. Ferdinand Street at basically a standstill.
Without the one-lane exit for the residents of Port Allen, Plaquemine and surrounding areas, getting home in the evenings would be so much faster and easier.
Prior to this change, there were fewer accidents and far less traffic. Anyone who has to use the one-lane exit knows the frustration caused from all the traffic and inefficiency of the lane usage.
Something really needs to be done about this situation, and fast.