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People speak out on possible I-10 exit at Pecue Lane

1 year 9 months 1 week ago February 25, 2015 Feb 25, 2015 Wednesday, February 25 2015 February 25, 2015 5:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Alexa Vogue

BATON ROUGE - The public was able to add their thoughts about a long-awaited interchange for Pecue Lane at a meeting tonight in Baton Rouge.

The interchange, part of the city-parish Green Light Project, would mean a widening and expansion of Pecue Lane with ramps to the interstate.

People who live and work in the area say they're excited to have another option, but aren't looking forward to the work it will take to get it finished.

"We will have to go through several years of construction on the roads and that's going to be pretty hard," said local business owner Suzan Dyson, "but having interstate access will be very nice."

Planners hope the construction will be worth the much needed relief, explaining it will alleviate build up on nearby streets like Bluebonnet Blvd. and Siegen Lane and decrease traffic in pressure areas like Airline Highway.

"I think it's a good idea it gets so backed up getting on and getting off the interstate," said area resident Tommy Calandro. "It gives everyone a better option, plus the fact that they have the Woman's hospital which will help if you have an emergency to get to the hospital a little quicker as well."

Some say the widening of Pecue Lane is needed and have hopes that a toll road will come from this interchange that travels to the other side of the river.

"Traffic has increased so much on Pecue Lane that it's hard to get in and out," Dyson said. "And with all the new construction and housing and everything they're going to have to do something with this road or it's going to become a real hazard."

Public comments may be emailed to ponder@csrsonline.com.

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