POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:30pm
WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (NBC33) - — DOTD does what it can to improve state roadways and now, the department is asking for your help. They are studying traffic flow on LA1, from the Intercoastal Waterway to 988. They need as much input from the public as possible to make their future plans as successful. Residents say they're ready to get involved.
"I think people on this side of the river really need another access another bridge," says Port Allen resident, Michael Hix.
Michael Hix lives right next to LA1 and is concerned about traffic when traveling to work. Every day, he wonders what would happen if there was an accident on the Intercoastal Waterway right after it crosses into town.
“The one thing that really concerns me is there is only one overpass right at the Intercostal and if there is ever a wreck on that intercostals one way or the other, were stuck and we cant get to Baton Rouge until that's cleaned up," notes Hix. But that's not his only concern.
"The traffic is horrendous from 4:30 to 6 here because there are so many people coming from DOW and Georgia Gulf,” says Hix. “You can’t get over the bridge right now."
Well now, Michael’s concerns are ready to be heard.
The DOTD wants to get input from residents, and talk to businesses in the LA1 corridor area about their concerns.
“Were doing a corridor study of LA1 and part of that study we wanted to reach out to the community the people who utilize that corridor the most and get there input on what the some solutions might be for their areas," says DOTD representative, Jodi Conachen.
This survey will help with the long term plans to improve the road from LA1 to Bayou Plaquemine, 988.
And DOTD says it’s important for everyone to participate. The more the public can comment and the more the public can get involved in the issue. And Michael Hix says he’s ready to take the survey and be one less person waiting for their voice to be heard.
The survey is online and will be open for three months, so don't worry you have plenty of time.