Road opening gives business owner hope
BATON ROUGE- A popular cut-through between O'Neal Lane and Jones Creek is now open again, following months of construction and repeated delays on that stretch of road.
The construction on South Harrell's Ferry Road, part of Mayor Kip Holden's Green Light Plan, began in September of 2009, but still has a way to go before it is completely finished. Crews opened two lanes for traffic early Wednesday morning.
The reopening is music to the ears of local business owner Khaled Diab whose restaurant, Tigerbait Grill, suffered when the road originally closed.
"When they closed the road, it killed me you know, I lost half my business, I was waiting waiting, like last month I couldn't afford it I paid money from my own pocket to keep my business running," said Diab.
Now he's hoping for a big return of customers, once too inconvenienced to travel to his eatery. His staff is already seeing a boost to their pocket book, just hours after the reopening.
"The wallet is getting a little bigger I guess you can say, actually a lot of people were coming in here and not even knowing that we we're opened, and now that the road is open I'm starting to see a lot more people come in, a lot of newbies so that's a good thing," said Brandon Garrett, a server at the restaurant.
Crews are finished with the work on the road. When the project is complete, the stretch of road will be widened to four lanes and feature improved drainage.