ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Work is now getting started on a project to help drivers in Ascension Parish.
Parish officials broke ground on the Ashland Road/St. Landry Road connector Thursday, Dec. 19. The project is about half a mile in length. The goal of this is to help people get to I-10 near the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. This will be one of many construction projects the parish will start as part of the Move Ascension transportation initiative.
“This connector road will relieve so much traffic congestion from Highway 30. I especially want to thank BASF for donating the land that made all of this possible,” said Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa.
“We have a lot of traffic. We have turnaround traffic, about 85 to 90% of our traffic is people that live in Ascension Parish and work in the plants. Another 10% commute in and out trying to get on the interstate,” said Ascension Parish Councilman Randy Clouatre.
The total cost of the project is $1,145,424.44, parish officials say. Engineers involved with the project say the total cost is about $450,000 less than originally estimated. The project is the final piece in a larger $8.5 million project to connect Ashland Road with Highway 44 by way of the recently completed Edenborne Extension.
Officials say the connector could also be used in evacuation situations. Click here for more details about the project.
“By connecting these roadways, we will help move plant worker traffic much more efficiently and quickly during shift changes. It also serves as an additional evacuation route in cases of emergency, and it makes it much easier for people to get to Lamar-Dixon Expo Center for large events,” said Matassa.
Hendrick Construction out of Prairieville is the contractor for the project, which is expected to be finished by late spring of 2020.