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Council paves way for new interstate ramps

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:15 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Apr 24, 2014 7:06 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Interstate, construction, DPW, Metro Council, Pecue, I-10, Airline

BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council has approved hiring a group to survey land for a future Greenlight project involving an interchange at Pecue Lane and I-10.

The proposed project would include multiple through and turn leans on Pecue Lane, an entrance ramp and exit ramp on both sides of the interstate and the replacement of the two-lane overpass bridge.

The director of the Department of Public Works says anytime you can give people another option to get on and off the interstate, it's a good thing.

"Just having another option for motorists to enter and exit I-10 between Highland and Siegen, we think will be a big bang for the buck project," said David Guillory.

DPW says the future project would resolve traffic issues on Airline Highway and backups at surrounding interstate exits.

In 2010, Pecue was straightened out and improved with a larger intersection at Perkins Road. The parish also opened a new intersection at Airline and Pecue to account for traffic entering and leaving Woman's Hospital.

People who live off Pecue have been waiting for more updates to help them get to their destinations even faster.

"We either have to go down to Highland or get off at Siegen and the Siegen light is ridiculous," said Rob Johnson. "I think they have to, it's dangerous the way it is."

DPW says this project could pave the way for even more development.

"There's a lot of land around that area that would probably become an economic driver for the parish with the addition of an interchange," said Guillory.

Shread-Kuyrkendall and Associates, Inc. will begin surveying the land around Pecue in the next 30 days.

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