Drivers hope Pete's Highway alternative will help congestion
DENHAM SPRINGS - Traffic along Range Avenue has hit a breaking point for many drivers and Thursday night engineers and infrastructure experts unveiled plans that could help solve their problem.
Three solutions, two include adding an exit at Pete's Highway, just east of the Range exit.
"The purpose of it is to improve or alleviate congestion along Range Road in the vicinity of the interchange," said project engineer Scott Hoffeld.
In addition to the exit ramps, another option, called a Diverging Diamond Interchange, would focus on changing the traffic patterns along Range as it passes under the interstate. Vehicles making a left turn onto the interstate would not cross oncoming traffic.
People met to look over the new alternatives at Southside Junior High. The consensus there, was that one of these will help the traffic situation along Range.
Donald Burgess, who lives along Pete's Highway says this project is a long time coming.
"I think it's late," said Burgess. "I truly do. I believe it's late coming this far with it. I can see infrastructure problems all over this parish and this happens to be one of them."
The three options were designed in 2012 and are estimated to cost between $20 and $40 million, depending on which design is chosen.
Hoffeld is asking drivers and people living in the area to comment about these alternatives. Information about the project is available online. This study will likely be complete by early 2015.