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Headaches for Zachary drivers with LA 64 widening project

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ZACHARY -  A widening project is tying up the commute for some people passing through Zachary.

Louisiana Highway 64 is one of the busiest roads along Zachary, and the Department of Transportation and Development is expanding the road.

Murphy Express is located in the middle of the construction. Assistant Manager Tabitha Martin says businesses are still trying to adjust to the construction.  

"With the construction, it actually made our electricity go out here, but people were still trying to come to Murphy's," Martin said. "I think the biggest thing is when people come in and out it does get scary because of the big trucks being in the way, but once it's finished I think it'll be a good thing for us here in Zachary."

The widening work starts at Highway 19 and Main Street and stretches to near Lane Regional hospital. Commuters are looking forward to an easier commute and less traffic during lunch and after-work hours.

"Definitely when you get off of work, it's very difficult," said Talwangal Sanders-Butler, who works along Highway 64.

City leaders said the highway has been prone to hundreds of accidents and a 5th lane is much needed.

"A fifth lane will definitely be helpful especially coming out of my job," said Sander-Butler. "It's hard to get out ... because of the two lanes, but it will definitely be helpful."

Work is expected to be done next month.

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