DOTD adds turn lane to alleviate airport backups

“We feel this is really going to make a big difference,” Scott Boyle, DOTD

Thomas Perumean
November 08, 2019 - 7:59 am

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DOTD work crews got their paint cans out and hastily added an extra turn lane at Loyola Drive to help out with the back up from the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

WWL-TV talked with Scott Doyle from the DOTD who said:  “We analyzed the projected data but it’s nothing like when something goes live,” said Boyle. “We feel this is really going to make a big difference.”

In all a second turn lane and adjustment of traffic signals were made in eastbound lanes to less congestion at the intersection.  

It's hoped early crashes seen this week in the terminals first full day of operation will be greatly reduced.  

The addition of the lane is being met with approval by the Kenner Police Department.  The department has already cut back on the number of officers alloted to direct traffic. 

“This will alleviate congestion and take care of itself, we had no crashes at all today,” said Police Chief Michael Glaser told the TV station. “We did write a few tickets yesterday afternoon, due to illegal lane usage, once you issue a few citations word spreads.”

Monitoring will continue by DOTD as travellers become more acclimated to using the new roads in and out of the modern terminal.  

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