O’Neal Lane and South Harrell’s Ferry Road intersection work moves into next phase of construction

O’Neal Lane and South Harrell’s Ferry Road intersection work moves into next phase of construction

POSTED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 1:34pm

City-Parish Department of Public Works and Green Light Plan officials have announced that work at the O’Neal Lane and South Harrell’s Ferry Road intersection will progress into the next phase of construction effective Tuesday, Oct. 2 as crews begin work on the second of four total phases of construction set to take place at the intersection.

Divided into two sub-phases (Phase 2A and 2B), Phase 2 of construction will restrict left-turn movements at each leg of the intersection to allow work crews to begin work at the center of the intersection. Additionally, the south leg of O’Neal Lane at the intersection will remain fully closed to traffic during both sub-phases. These left-turn restrictions and lane closures will remain in place for the duration of Phase 2, projected to be 48 calendar days from Oct. 2, weather permitting.

Baton Rouge City Police officers will be present to help traffic flow during periods of heavy traffic volume and Department of Public Works officials will also be on hand to closely monitor traffic at the intersection throughout this second phase of construction. Adjustments will be made as needed to help move traffic in the most efficient manner.

Work included within Phase 2A will require the closure of the south leg of O’Neal Lane at the intersection from South Harrell’s Ferry Road to a point just north of Manchester Drive. Beginning Oct. 2 and for the duration of Phase 2A, only local traffic will be allowed access to and from Manchester Drive at O’Neal Lane.

For the duration of Phase 2, officials strongly urge motorists to utilize George O’Neal Road and Jones Creek Road as primary detour routes, and to utilize Millerville Road as a primary route for access to Interstate 12.

Message signs warning of the closure will be posted in all directions approaching the intersection area, and motorists should exercise extreme caution when traveling in the vicinity. Travel times may be affected, and motorists are encouraged to factor in potential delays when using detour routes.

Construction at the O’Neal Lane at South Harrell’s Ferry Road intersection began July 16 to widen the intersection as part of the work included within the Green Light Plan’s Southeast Area Group project. 

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