Posted: Oct 3, 2012 5:30 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 5:30 PM
ZACHARY- A stretch of highway in Zachary, is getting some much needed improvements as part of a widening project.
Highway 64 between Mchugh Road and Highway 19 will be widened, and a center left turning lane will be added to the already four lanes.
"It's real bad," said Brittany Boone, who lives off Highway 64. "Say I leave out the complex to go towards Main Street; it's no turning, they don't let you in, none of that."
The project will cost between $3 million and $4.5 million to complete.
"It needs it. All the traffic, it needs it. It's too heavy. I can sit there for maybe 20 minutes," Boone said.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the turning lane will help ease traffic on the busy highway.
"Right now if you are driving down La. 64 and try and do a left turn, you're actually in one of the through traffic lanes, so while you're waiting to turn you're backing up traffic," said Brendan Rush with DOTD.
The project will also eliminate some business's driveways.
"You have some places with multiple exits and entrances in a very short span. With all that access to and from the road, you create multiple conflict points," Rush said.
DOTD says with this project, the growth Zachary has seen in recent years could increase.
The project is scheduled to begin next spring, and will take up to a year to complete.