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Busy highway gets major upgrades

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STEPHENSVILLE- A six-mile section of busy Highway 70 is getting a major overhaul in St. Martin Parish.  

It serves as an evacuation route and thousands of people use the road each day to travel between Morgan City and Baton Rouge.

Melvin Verrett has lived in the community for many years and knows all about dodging the cracks and crevices that litter the highway. 

"Had a lot of pot holes," Verrett said.

The contractor working on the project, Coastal Bridge Company out of Baton Rouge said there was a slight delay after all the rain we received during the month of January.

"The rain did some and impact us a little bit.   We plan on getting wrapped up well ahead of schedule though," Supervisor Darrel Lyons said.

The project cost about $3.1 million dollars.  The estimated completion date is in June, but project leaders think they will be finished before that date.

"It's a pretty high profile road right now," Lyons said.  "You have everyone coming from Baton Rouge down to Morgan City and back up.  IN the event of an evacuation or hurricane, this is very highly traveled."

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