Baton Rouge drivers anxiously waiting for end of construction projects

Baton Rouge drivers anxiously waiting for end of construction projects
Source: Leah Ellsworth/WAFB
Source: Leah Ellsworth/WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are several ongoing road construction projects in the Baton Rouge metro area, and drivers are hoping for a quick end.

Drivers headed towards Livingston Parish past Walker drive through a widening project. It's part of the state's Geaux Wider project where the state has been expanding Interstates 10 & 12. In that specific project, a 3.6 mile stretch of I-12 between Walker and Satsuma is widening from four lanes to six lanes, or three lanes in each direction. The project started in Feb. 2014 and is expected to wrap up late spring/early summer.

In Ascension Parish in Prairieville, people who live around Highway 73 are fed up with the ongoing construction project.

"It's something that needs to be like hurry up and be over and done with. It's been going on for a couple of years," said Jeremy Echeverria, who rides his bicycle down that stretch of Hwy 73.

Rodney Mallett with the State Department of Transporation and Development said the state is putting in a new sewer system in Prairieville and adding a turn late.

"Hwy 73 started in 2011 and it was going to wrap up last year but because of the utilties and the weather, it's been pushed back. It's going to wrap up this year (summer)," said Mallett.

Heading towards West Baton Rouge Parish, the old bridge is getting some much needed updates.

"We're painting it. It's that orange color. We're painting it gray and we're also doing some structural repair to that bridge to extend the life," said Mallett.

The painting and repair project began in 2012 and will be completed in 2016.

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