Posted: Feb 6, 2012 10:08 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
BATON ROUGE- The city-parish has been turning dirt on an expansion of Staring Lane for a year.
Workers say Phase 1, from Perkins Road to Hyacinth is halfway done. Phase 2 is scheduled to get started before the summer. That stretches the rest of Staring to Highland Road.
The project is expected to be complete by Fall of 2013, but even as the work creeps closer to that deadline, people who live around the construction still have reservations about it.
Before the work got off the ground, neighbors in the area expressed concern over the homes the plan would require knocked down, and the yards it would take up to create the four lanes.
Homeowners' frustrations also now include the dust, noise and inconvenience that has come with the construction. That so far has included a new bridge and significant sewage work.
But the city-parish says the wait will be worth it, and drivers will start to benefit soon.