Posted: Jul 19, 2010 8:41 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jul 19, 2010 10:06 PM
The latest portion of a year-long road widening project in Baton Rouge has some residents and business owners concerned.
Construction crews recently began work to widen a bridge near the intersection of Flannery Rd. and Florida Blvd. The bridge is part of the multi-million dollar project to improve the flow of traffic through the intersection and along South Flannery Rd.
South Flannery Rd. resident Randy Guidroz says he's taken to walking since the road closed signs went up.
"If you've got to go this way you just assume walk rather than drive three or four miles to go all the way around then drive three or four miles back around," said Guidroz.
Another redsident, Thomas Foster, is worried the constuction could ultimately affect the business where he works.
"The trucks won't come down here, the postal service wouldn't run, and I get a lot of packages and samples delivered to my house for my job," said Foster.
Several construction warning signs were also put up near the parking lot in front of Brunet's Cajun Restaurant. The owner told News 2 he's worried the construction could be bad for business, but he's planning on keeping the restaurant open for now.
"You know some businesses prosper when there's a road construction project, and some kind of go under when there's a road project," said Foster.
Officials with the Department of Public Works said the closure shouldn't block access to businesses.
The project is scheduled to be complete in four to five months. Drivers can use Sherwood Forest Blvd. or O'Neal Ln. as alternate routes until construction is complete.