Central Thruway Project almost complete: locals getting excited

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 4:55pm

The Central Thruway is nearing its projected completion date after years of construction.

“I live right in the middle of all the construction, so I am not excited about all of that,” said Central resident, Melissa Dykes.

Aside from some angry residents, most say they are thrilled to see this long Central Thruway Project finally completed. The entire thruway will connect O'Neil Ln. to Greenwell Springs Rd., giving residents a straight shot to I-12.

“Ever since we got Wal-Mart business started coming in it's pretty crowded, now,” said resident Dylan Martin.

That was a few years ago and now Central has grown significantly since then.

“We became a city and were going to grow,” noted Dykes.

East Baton Rouge Parish's newest city will soon be connected to a huge Interstate.

“I think it will be a lot of traffic in, but we also will be able to get to places a lot quicker,” notes Martin.

Some locals have been dealing with the construction for almost 5 years and expect the increase in traffic to bring a headache as well.

“There may be some issues in the beginning - traffic may block up,” stated Dykes.

With the construction, Melissa says her restaurant; Me Pa's has seen an impact from this thruway project already.

“I already started stepping up my staff because the road construction men and stuff being business."

Now, finally, after years of planning, construction and waiting, Melissa is ready for the business.

“I’m really excited that it’s going to be competed soon or possibly competed soon,” she noted.

The whole thruway should be completed within the next few months. They are in the last phase of the construction project.

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