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An end in sight for LA 73 work

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PRAIRIEVILLE- The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins working on the road bed near Airline Highway.

The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays.

DOTD says the work should be completed by the summer, but there's some curb and cutter work left to do, as well as some paving.

Drivers aren't confident, though, in the new end date because of previous delays.

"If you know there's a light at the end of the tunnel then you have a much better chance of handling it, but folks wondering if this is ever going to be finished, I think that's caused more frustration more than anything else," said Father Jerry Martin at St. John the Evangelist Church on LA 73.

The project is expected to make the road safer by widening the stretch of highway to three lanes, including a center turn lane.


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