Proposed Perkins Road expansion plan gets good review from property owners

Proposed Perkins Road expansion plan gets good review from property owners
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POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:04am

East Baton Rouge City Parish leaders showed off their proposed plans to fix traffic headaches on Perkins road between Siegen Lane and just East of Pecue Lane. City parish is still a long way away from starting construction on the project. Property owners who attend Wednesday's meeting say the plan is need now.

"I know they are going to have to do it I know it's a bottle neck right there. I didn't realize it was going to be that big," B.J. Smith, owns property on Perkins, said.

Smith was one of many who came out to hear the plans for Perkins Road. City parish leaders told the crowd they want to widen Perkins Road from Siegen to just east of Pecue to make it 4 lanes.

"It is a high priority for us. We do not have the construction funding yet," David Guillory, Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works, explained.

It's all part of the city parishes green light plan. Guillory said right now, the proposed plan is in the early stages. He went on to say the project is going through an environmental assessment study to see how different designs for the project could impact the community and environment.

"We are going to look at many different possibilities and probably choose the one that not only fits our capacity needs but minimizes the amount of property we would have to acquire," Guillory explained.

Smith says the proposed plans could help make Perkins Road a lot safer.

"The traffic is just outrageous I've never seen it like it's been," Smith said. "People are riding down the middle right now. I've seen an accident about every two days. "

Officials say they're a long way a way from making the proposed plans a reality.

If the plans go through, Smith said he understands property owners like him will have to make some sacrifices.

"It looks like they are going to knock my property out, but if that's what they need I'm all for it," Smith stated. "We've all got to peddle in the same direction that's the only way we can advance. "

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