As the holiday shopping officially kicks of Friday, shoppers should beware of Shreveport's busiest intersections as they head to the stores.
"It's always heavy traffic all day long most of the time," Linda Ogletree, a frequent driver along Youree and Bert Kouns, told us. Ogletree has fought the traffic in the area like many other drivers.
Michael Erlund, Shreveport City Traffic Engineer, explained that "by far, the Youree Drive, Bert Kouns, 70th triangle area is our highest volume area." Intersections including Bert Kouns Industrial Loop at Millicent and Bert Kouns Industrial Loop at Interloop see approximately 55,000 cars a day. The busiest intersection is at Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and Youree Drive, which sees about 63,000 cars per day according to Erlund.
"Bert Kouns, Youree and 70th Street are all state routes," Erlund explained to us about the heavily traveled streets. "They all bring people to and from the areas where they're going to work and home."
The busiest intersection in the city at Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and Youree Drive may be difficult to avoid for one reason in particular: it is a destination.
Since the commercial development in the area, "you have a lot of people that travel through the area," Erlund said. "Youree Drive is a destination as well as a thru route."
Ogletree explained the back route she uses to help her easily access businesses in the area. "When I come and pull into one of the shopping centers, I go around the back way so I'll be able to get out by a (stoplight) because it's hard to get back on the (main) road."
As the holiday traffic peak hours will last longer starting Friday, you may want to pack a little extra patience along for the ride. Erlund encourages drivers to be patient, be careful and be aware of their surroundings. "Truly drive defensively in order to try and keep themselves safe and watch out for other motorists."