Ascension Parish leaders commit to $40 million in road improveme - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Ascension Parish leaders commit to $40 million in road improvements

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB Source: WAFB
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Some of the most frequently traveled roads in Ascension Parish are getting some major work. It’s part of a $40 million plan called Move Ascension.

You don't have to be a commuter to find yourself coming to a crawl through the major arteries of Ascension Parish.

“Our number one problem in Ascension Parish is roads, roads, and roads,” Parish President Kenny Matassa said.

It is why parish leaders put aside enough money for projects to get traffic moving. He said waiting on state and federal funds was not an option.

“Everybody is waiting on transportation plans from the federal government and that may come, may not. The state is in a fiasco over their budget,” Matassa said.

Surveyors are already out on Roddy Road preparing the stretch of roadway from Airline Highway to Highway 42 for a widening project with turn lanes. The plan calls for improvements at eleven intersections, with roundabouts at three of them. 

Not far from there, on Highway 44, construction crews have already laid a temporary road that will be used as a detour while the bridge over Black Bayou is replaced.

Near Lamar Dixon, the fabric is being laid for a new road that will allow access to the Expo Center from two exits off I-10. Matassa said, once it is paved, it will relieve traffic to and from nearby plants on Highway 30 and also make the area more attractive to festival and event organizers.

“Now we have it as a recreational type thing and in catastrophes this is our number one location in the region, not just Ascension Parish,” Matassa said.

It's going to take some time and patience from drivers, but leaders said there is no doubt what is happening there will move Ascension.

Improvements are also planned for highways 30 and 431.

Copyright 2017 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Fake police officer busted after trying to pull over real deal

    Fake police officer busted after trying to pull over real deal

    Monday, July 16 2018 3:34 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:34:54 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 3:34 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:34:54 GMT
    Matthew Disbro, 44, told troopers he was just trying to protect the public, but law enforcement officers say actions like these made it harder for them to do their jobs. (Source: Arizona DPS/KPHO/KTVK/CNN)Matthew Disbro, 44, told troopers he was just trying to protect the public, but law enforcement officers say actions like these made it harder for them to do their jobs. (Source: Arizona DPS/KPHO/KTVK/CNN)

    The man told troopers he was just trying to protect the public, but law enforcement officers say actions like these make it harder for them to do their jobs.

    More >>

    The man told troopers he was just trying to protect the public, but law enforcement officers say actions like these make it harder for them to do their jobs.

    More >>
  • Kidnapping victim escapes captors with help from cashier

    Kidnapping victim escapes captors with help from cashier

    Sunday, July 15 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-07-16 01:21:20 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-07-16 01:41:29 GMT

    Deputies arrived with their guns drawn and stormed the store.

    More >>

    Deputies arrived with their guns drawn and stormed the store.

    More >>
  • Girl, 7, killed crossing highway to find dad help after alleged drunken crash

    Girl, 7, killed crossing highway to find dad help after alleged drunken crash

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:01 AM EDT2018-07-16 11:01:17 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 7:01 AM EDT2018-07-16 11:01:17 GMT
    The girl’s father is now behind bars, facing charges of drunken driving and possibly further charges. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)The girl’s father is now behind bars, facing charges of drunken driving and possibly further charges. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)

    The girl’s father is now behind bars, facing a charge of drunken driving and possibly further charges.

    More >>

    The girl’s father is now behind bars, facing a charge of drunken driving and possibly further charges.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly