Neighbors annoyed with Baton Rouge Magnet construction

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Construction started about a year and a half ago on the new and improved Baton Rouge Magnet High, but neighbors who live nearby consider those improvements an inconvenience.

Boots, fast food napkins and cigarette packs are just a few of the items that litter the lawns across the street from the Baton Rouge Magnet High construction. Carmen Austin and her neighbors were excited about the renovations - until recently

"About a month ago, these concrete trucks over there, it was like three o'clock in the morning...right outside my bedroom window churning concrete and pouring concrete," said Carmen Austin.

Austin says the wake up call is just the beginning. Piles of mud line the street and so do the cars and trucks of the construction workers

"Occasionally I'll try to leave my home and they'll be someone parked in my front of my driveway or so close to my driveway that I have to be very careful to get out," said Michael Johnson, Austin's neighbor.

Drivers in their work trucks ignore the city's "no parking" signs, which their supervisors say is a violation of their contract.

"All we can do is cite them for it and tell them don't do it...we cannot police it," said Earl Kern, with CSRS Garrard Program Management.

Kern says he understands the neighbors' concerns and says his guys do their best to keep the sites and surrounding areas clean. He says it can be tough to maneuver when there are 200 plus workers on site every day.

"One of the things that we stipulate is housekeeping, which means the yard, the property, etc. You know because it gives the general public the wrong perception that you really don't have a organized job site," said kern.

He says construction should be done by mid to late-June, a time residents are looking forward to.

"The end is near, so I've just been patient...very patient in just putting up with the inconvenience just because I know that when it's all said and done it's gonna be a good thing," said Michael Johnson.

The new building is set to open for students in August.

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