I-10 Ranked Worst Interstate

Monday, March 9, 2009 - 4:20pm

The worst stretch of interstate in the nation is right here in Louisiana. That’s according to Overdrive Magazine. Our David D’Aquin is tracking this story. Overdrive Magazine talked with truckers all over the country because they’re on the roads all the time. Truckers who participated in the survey say the roads in Louisiana nearly beat them to death.

Louisiana’s at the bottom of another list. Truckers say Interstate-10 in Louisiana is the worst stretch of road they drive on, and they log thousands of miles. It’s a yearly survey in Overdrive Magazine and since 2006, Louisiana’s been at the bottom of the barrel. Truckers who participated in the survey ranked I-10 through Louisiana as the worst stretch of highway in the entire U.S. Truckers also said that Louisiana ranks third in terms of improvements to Interstate-10. But most truckers say the biggest problem they face on I-10 is Baton Rouge traffic.

Truck driver Gerald Arvie says, “It’s a two lane road on each side, east bound and westbound. It’s a lot of congestion.” Truckers say the condition of the road is bad enough, but with traffic, many truckers say they have no choice but to switch up their schedules. Jarvis Jones says, “The best time to come through here is maybe 2-3-4 in the morning. But if you come any other time, you going to be in traffic jams for a long time.”

Even though a national survey ranks I-10 through Louisiana as the worst, one trucker we caught up with says he has no problems on I-10. Ron Price says, “It runs good you know. You got to slow down for the Atchafalaya Swamp, but you can’t hold that against the government. You have a wreck down there and you’re messed up good. It’s a good road.”

Every driver we caught up with says they always plan on getting tied up in traffic with they’re coming through the Bayou State. Click here if you’d like to take a look at the article that says Interstate-10 through Louisiana is the worst road in the nation.