Council moves forward with plan to rescue "trapped" neighbors
WEST BATON ROUGE - People in West Baton Rouge Parish say a train near their home is trapping them in their neighborhood. Parish leaders are looking to build a new road in order to give them another way out.
The road would be west of LA 1 in Addis, extending Ed LeJune to Choctaw in order to give people west of the tracks a way out without having to cross.
Parish leaders estimate the project would cost taxpayers $2 million. Thursday evening, the parish council approved a feasibility study for the project.
"This proposal is not to build a road, but actually to do the necessary paperwork, called stage one," said West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley "Pee Wee" Berthelot. "People will go back there, do some survey work, and a lot of soil sampling, to get an idea of what it's going to take to build this road."
Neighbors said they spend a majority of their day waiting for the train to cross.
"This is terrible being on this side of the tracks," said Rodney Thibodeaux, who lives just beyond the railroad crossing. "You can't do anything about it, you're stuck."
Berthelot says their frustration shouldn't last much longer, and he hopes this new road will help residents no longer feel trapped.
"We've had a lot of concerns from residents who live behind the tracks in Addis about accessibility and being able to get in and out with the trains," he said. "All those people will have access with this road, if the train is blocked."
Parish leaders hope to have the road built in the next few years.