Louisiana Editorial: Baton Rouge Area traffic so bad, it offers educational experience for other states

Again, we are told that Baton Rouge traffic is some of the worst in the nation.

And, again, we must echo the sentiment that has been stated since Katrina caused a population boom in the capital area.

“The residents of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas know, all too well, that our traffic situation is abysmal… and there’s nothing we can do about it, currently.”

That statement is both a hard-earned truth, easily slipping off the tongue of someone trying to accept it as a fact. But, in most cases, it also comes with a very depressing undercurrent.

A recent study from Texas A&M shed some light on the subject – Baton Rouge and the surrounding area ranked third in the nation among mid-level cities in traffic issues. Since Katrina in 2005, the capital area’s population has continued to increase at a near-exponential rate, with a large portion of those citizens living in suburban areas.

If you include the recent annexation of St. George and it’s population, by far the most people live outside the city than within it.