Railroad Avenue roadway in Donaldsonville getting refreshed

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POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:35pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 6:01pm

Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville is getting a makeover. Business owners say construction on the busy street will create parking problems, however they're hopeful in the end it will create more business.

"It should give the avenue a facelift and bring in the tourism we really need in this town,"
Dr. Devjani Lahiri, Owner Cypress Cafe, said.

Railroad Avenue is a hotspot for dining, and tourism in Donaldsonville, but drivers say there is a problem. The road is very bumpy.

Now the city's paying for the popular street to get re-paved. Business owners say it's about time.

"Our vehicles have taken a beating for years along with accidents happening blow outs with tires," Edward Landry Jr., owner Midway Awards Plus, said.

The idea is to fix the deep drop-offs and holes along the street. To do that, construction crews will block off parking to parts of Railroad Avenue from August 5 through August 16 from 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.

R.J. Daigle and Sons Contract Inc., the company repaving the streets, released a letter to business owners detailing the plan.

The crews will mark of work zones with cones. Also,In the letter they said, "Loading and unloading of delivery vehicles will be limited to 20 minutes. "

Business owners said the move makes it harder for customers to get to the stores they love.

"As it is business is always hurting. If people are deterred from coming to the street it makes it even more difficult to get business," Dr. Lahiri said.

However they're not worried about local customers leaving.

"I don't think will hurt us because people will know the side streets. They know how to find a place to get where they want to go," Landry explained.

Long term Landry said the upgrade could benefit business.

"Hopefully it will bring some people in from out out town being that the streets are nicer to shop, and to keep our local shoppers in town," Landry said.

The railroad avenue makeover is part the city's capital improvements roads program. The program is designed to fix up roadways across the city. All together the project will cost the city more than $2 million.

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