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Rough Roads: Brightside Lane

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Posted: Oct 31, 2010 7:01 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Oct 31, 2010 7:01 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Brightside Lane, Baton Rouge traffic, Bobbie Long, construction, project, utilities, Department of Public Works, DPW

Brightside Lane is getting a turn lane, sidewalks and bike paths to ease the flow of traffic that's exploded from college housing in the past few years, but that improvement comes at a price.

The road has been a headache for drivers for a year now, and the $15 million project is six months behind schedule.

Bobbie Long lived in her home near River Road when Brightside was first paved. She has watched all the construction from her front porch, just feet from the road. If loud noise from construction hasn't awakened her with the sun, the "bumpity, bumpity, bumpity" she describes from cars has awakened her in the middle of the night.

"I have nothing against progress, but I want all this work done as soon as possible," Long said.

That's because bad weather put off some construction, and utilities like cable, water, power and gas all had to be moved, something that was made more difficult because it was not planned for when the road was originally built more than 50 years ago.

Pete Newkirk with the Department of Public Works expects work to be complete on the road by the end of December this year.

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