Lee Dr. closure could cause major problems for residents and businesses

Lee Dr. closure could cause major problems for residents and businesses
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POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 3:47pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 12:51pm

Get ready for big slow downs on Lee Drive. Starting Monday, July 8, part of Lee Drive from Boone to Bluebell will be closed.

The closure starts at seven and it’ll reopen on August 1. For the evening rush hour, from three to seven in the afternoon, both lanes are open. But after that, one lane will close. This all leads to a complete closure next week that will last from July 18 until the 22.

All this is happening to bring the stretch of road up to code on a federal sewer project. That project helps the city and parish meet the "Clean Water Act" requirements. Although it's something the feds are requiring, people who live and work on that stretch of road told us, it's a big inconvenience.

"First off it already takes 30 minutes to get up and down the street," said Lee Dr. resident, John Moore. "It sucks up a whole fourth of a tank to get from here to College Drive which has happened to me," stated Moore.

So when NBC33 told him those two lanes will soon become one, and eventually close, he was less than thrilled.

“That's going to be even worse because I come off the Interstate and I know it’s going to be crazy to get through here,” noted Moore.

Businesses such as the Little Bo Peep Daycare don't know what to except, but know it won’t be good.

“My customers will be affected because some of them use this road to go straight through - that’s going to create a problem for them," said Alvin Johnson.

They also might see some issues unlike many others. Alvin Johnson’s business is right on Bluebell, where the closure begins. He said he's ready for more "non-customers" on his property.

“I am going to have people using my u-turn right here. They are going to be using this to turn their vehicles around and we don't need that all day long."

Moore told me he knows there is nothing he can do about the situation so he jokes there might be a solution.

“I can always move, there's always that option," Moore said with a laugh.

So now all Moore and Johnson is prepare for what they said will be a nightmare.

"It's really going to be a spectacle," noted Johnson.

The Mayor's Office said the best thing to do is to use Highland Rd. to Stanford Ave. Also they want to remind you to be careful as you drive across the roads and pay attention to signs or workers while the project continues.

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