New road improvement plan looks to ease Ascension Parish traffic

POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:34pm

In Ascension Parish, a $135 million road improvement plan could be one step closer to happening.

It's something many in the quickly growing parish say was needed years ago, like resident Gwen Leblanc. She says just getting on the road is tough.

“Oh gosh, just trying to turn to make a left turn into anywhere, or simply trying to get in if you're not at the light is tough,” stated Leblanc.

The roads are crowded because more people are calling Ascension Parish home. The U.S. census says it's in the top 100 when it comes to growing counties and parishes in the country.

All that traffic is hitting just a little close to home for Leblanc. She has a grandson that is in the middle of it every day.

“I’m waiting for one that comes off the school bus every afternoon, and it’s scary.”

But now, a road improvement plan that could cost taxpayers more than $100 million dollars could make taking to the roads a little easier.

“It should help tremendously. It should make it go more smoothly.”

The plan requires council approval, and it's up for a vote at Thursday’s meeting.

The first phase would add turn lanes, and upgrade bridges and intersections. After the initial phase, more of ascension's main streets, including LA-621, LA-73, LA-431, would also see upgrades.

Though people like Leblanc say they wish things were the way they were ten years ago, when traffic wasn't a problem, others say those days are long gone.

“You’re not going to stop progress,” stated Gonzales resident Roger Blair. 

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