Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:53 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Feb 27, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Businesses on O'Neal Lane celebrated the end of a four-year construction project.
Work on O'Neal Lane has kept customers out of the area's businesses for years, forcing some companies to close their doors. The project was supposed to wrap up almost two years ago. Organizers with the Green Light Project said they have a couple of minor projects to finish before the grand opening of the road next week, but the cones are gone and traffic is flowing.
Businesses who spoke to News 2 said their sales are already booming.
"We opened up I had about three people waiting for me to open the doors and I haven't seen that in years," said Jesse Lane with LA Boilers.
"We're grateful that we made it through and we have loyal customers, but there are a lot of people that are really hurting and had to expend any kind of liquid capital that they had just to stay open," explained Dustin Felton, owner of Rice and Roux.
Buddy Amoroso, the Metro Council representative for District 8, said they're waiting for the end of the project before issuing any fines for the delayed completion of the project.