Thursday, September 22, 2005

Jams on I-10 east out of Houston

A friend travelling east out of houston left at 8:00 AM today. She had only reached Beaumont by 2:00 PM -- six hours for a drive that normally takes about 1.5. Ant no telephones working reliably -- neither cell nor land-lines in Lafayette. If Rita turns north for south central LA, it's going to be a hellacious mess.

Update: She's still on the way. Ran into terrible traffic near Beaumont, decided to try a more northerly route, wound up on LA 190, worse traffic there, dropped down from Elton to Jennings, found that traffic was moving briskly on I-10 at last report.

If ever there has to be an evacuation of Houston again, it will take regional coordination. Texas and Louisiana will need to work together to figure out a way to get traffic moving better through ideas like contraflow, pre-positioned gasoline, and whatnot.

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