A long time ago they admitted they "goofed" when they decided to run I-12 thru the Drusilla/Jefferson/Essen area..
State to seek bids for new Essen exit
The state plans to seek bids in the middle of 2012 for a project that will create an Essen Lane exit off Interstate 12 for westbound motorists, officials said Thursday. The project will take about two years and ease traffic using the Drusilla Lane exit and the “flyover” from I-12 westbound to eastbound I-10, said Sherri LeBas, secretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development.
The cost is expected to be between $10 million and $15 million, according to department officials.The Legislature authorized $12 million for the project earlier this year.The State Bond Commission endorsed the plan last month.
Westbound motorists on I-12 often use the Drusilla Lane exit, turn left, then right on Jefferson Highway to get to Essen Lane, which is a major north-south corridor. Huge backups in both directions for traffic turning off Jefferson onto Essen are common. Others continue on I-12 using the “flyover” that connects motorists to I-10 eastbound, where they can then exit to go north or south on Essen. However, near bumper-to-bumper traffic along Essen is also common.
Opening an Essen Lane exit on I-12 will reduce traffic by about 2,000 vehicles using Drusilla each day and by about 6,000 motorists using the “flyover” daily. The exit onto Essen would only allow motorists to travel southbound on Essen, officials said. In addition, the project will widen Essen Lane from two lanes to three lanes from I-12 to I-10
Edited by richyb83, 14 November 2011 - 11:36 PM.