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Where is the traffic?

Posted: Updated: June 3, 2013 02:32 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monday was the first work day commute since the Lea Joyner Bridge closed and it wasn't as bad as a lot of people expected.

The Lea Joyner Bridge went up in the wee hours Saturday morning and maintenance is being performed for the next several weeks. Lakendrick Pratt works as a deliveryman and he didn't change his plans for Monday's commute and he plans on doing the same Tuesday.

"I'm not looking for any special delays or anything, I'm just going to travel as normal," said Lakendrink Foust.

He says instead of seeing heavy traffic, he saw a lot of cops.

"I noticed that there were a lot more state troopers you know blocking the exits or whatever, but that was about it", said Pratt.

"There isn't really a lot more traffic, just harder to get on different ramps. They have so many of them closed and going towards West Monroe they have several ramps closed and coming back the same ones might be open but different ones might be closed," said Ashton Foust.

More than 30,000 people use the Lea Joyner Bridge, but the traffic is not as bad as expected.

"It took me about an extra five, ten minutes, to get to where I needed to go and get back," said Foust.

Louisiana State Troopers say although there was not the amount of traffic expected Monday, that doesn't mean things won't pick up later in the day or later this week.

"We just ask that everyone please be patient. We understand that it will be an inconvenience but we are being proactive along with the other agencies," said Albert Paxton.

Mr. Foust says there is only one thing that matters when it comes to the road, regardless of how many cars use it.

"Just remember to drive safe," said Pratt.

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