The original story recounted the nightmarish experience of a Nicholson Lakes resident waiting in his car for hours while being denied entrance into his own neighborhood. Many of the purple and gold faithful have written to The Advocate with similar stories that paint post-game day Baton Rouge as a grid of unmoving traffic and rude police officers.
One reader, Gary P. Haindel, wrote that it took him more than two hours to move three miles on Saturday to return home in University Club South. Another reader, Ellen Roche, wrote that police cars blocked the left travel lane on Bluebonnet Blvd. on Saturday, forcing all of the drivers to merge right and defeating the purpose of contra flow.
Ryan LeGuluche, another Nicholson Lakes resident, wrote that the police officers near his neighborhood have been troublesome since the first game this season.
Most of those voicing complaints list the attitude of the police officers as one of the biggest problems.
“The impression the police give, at every game, is they are angry they are out there having to direct traffic,” wrote Eddie Daigle.
Earlier this week, Baton Rouge Police Department Sgt. David Wallace said officers monitoring traffic do not block any neighborhoods. He said people may have trouble with contra flow if they are moving against the direction of traffic, but pointed out that LSU fans often start contra flow themselves.
Wallace said they will continue to revamp and modify how contra flow works for next season after LSU’s last home game Nov. 8 against the University of Alabama. Adam Smith, the director of parking operations for the LSU Athletic Dept., said contra flow is working and the goal is to add more vehicle capacity to Nicholson Drive southbound. They should have a plan in place for next season by April 2015, Smith said.
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