Rough Roads Ahead: South Harrell's Ferry Road
BATON ROUGE - It's rough roads ahead for South Harrell's Ferry Road, which has been under construction for a year, and still has a year to go.
The thoroughfare was supposed to be closed between Jones Creek Road and O'Neal Lane only through August, but construction had only just begun then. The new, wider road with sidewalks and bike paths will open in December, according to Pete Newkirk with the Department of Public Works.
That is too long for some drivers, who think progress takes too long.
"You wanna scream when you get behind the wheel of this car, like 'Oh my God! do I have to go through this every day?" said Micah Bell.
But the project will be worth it, according to Merle Sprouse, who lives off South Harrell's Ferry Road.
She's watched nearly 40,000 cars pass by her house each day for years, but now watches machinery.
"It's an awful lot of traffic," Sprouse said. "This is gonna help tremendously, even though it's gonna be noisy, but I can put up with that."
Newkirk said the entire project should be complete by December 2011, two months later than the previously forecasted date. It will include a new bridge over Jones Creek Road and will expand O'Neal lane to four lanes from George O'Neal to Florida Boulevard.