Posted: Jun 17, 2011 6:55 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 17, 2011 6:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - A major widening project on Highland Road in south Baton Rouge is almost complete.
Crews are putting the finishing touches on the stretch between Airline Highway and I-10. It'll open in less than a month, cost nearly $15 million and took two-and-a-half years to complete.
Business owners in the area say the road has been a bottleneck for them for a long time, but they're happy to see the two-lane road turn into a four-lane highway.
"I've got plenty of customers that come in all the time and a few of them... You won't see for about a month at a time," said Bren Sandrock, the owner of Rue Beignet. "When they do come in it's... ‘I don't come over here now. I don't want to deal with the road.'"
But now that traffic is speeding up, so is Sandrock's business.
"You can feel the improvements. Every day is better and better so it's getting back to normal, and the light at the end of the tunnel's right there," he said.
It's also a blessing to the Healing Place Church; with a congregation of more than 5,000 every Sunday, those extra lanes are desperately needed.
"It's great for us getting people in and out and even like in the morning," said pastor Johnny Green. "It's a busy stretch of road and this area's growing, and it's been incredible."