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Essen expansion slated for November 2014

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 10:26 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 5:03 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: essen, lanes, expansion, widening

BATON ROUGE- Engineers announced work could begin in about a year for a planned expansion of Essen Lane.

The plan calls for expanding the street between Perkins and I-10 to six full lanes: three travel and a possible center turning lane. But, utility work has delayed the construction.

Nearly 55,000 vehicles pass through the area each day. Traffic flow in the area is one of the worst in the city; transportation officials have rated it as a failure.

Not everyone is excited about the planned fix, though.

"I just think there are some alternatives to try before the construction," Jerry Hix said. Hix owns a business on Essen.

Others questioned if feeder streets have been considered as needing attention too.

Justin Alford asked, "does this address the problems of getting on and off the interstate?"

Work could begin in November 2014.
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