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Jul/Aug 2010 Issue

AAA can help you stay green

The eco-revolution has hit the hotel industry with many properties trying to attract environmentally savvy travelers, and AAA has begun to help travelers find and stay in those green accommodations.

Travelers can find AAA approved hotels that are eco-certified. Just look for the bright green ECO icon that marks certified lodging listings in the TourBook® guides, the online TripTik® Travel Planner and Plus, on, you can customize your hotel searches to show green properties first in the results for your destination. For more details, visit

Pause will improve the performance of Louisiana on-ramps, officials say

Starting this summer, Louisiana motorists in the Baton Rouge area will be forced to wait to get on Interstate 12, but that wait will actually speed up traffic, officials say.

Ramp meters are being installed at 16 on-ramps along I-12 between Essen Lane and the Walker Road/Louisiana Highway 447 interchange. Once turned on, the ramp meter signals will stop vehicles for a few seconds in an effort to allow drivers to access the interstate in an orderly and evenly spaced fashion, sometimes referred to as a “zipper effect.” The goal is to reduce congestion on the heavily trafficked interstate during peak travel times in the morning and early evening.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development say that the ramp meter system, the first to be used in the state, combined with the widening projects on I-12 will result in a reduction of travel times by more than 30 minutes for some commuters. At press time for this issue, the first meters were slated to be activated in late June.

More than 20 states across the country use ramp meters. In addition to helping traffic flow more smoothly, studies have shown that ramp meters also increase safety by reducing crashes at on-ramps by an average of 30 percent.

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