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Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair

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KILLIAN - Louisiana Highway 444 in Livingston Parish is set for a multi-million dollar overhaul.

The Department of Transportation and Development says workers will repave 5.9 miles of La. 444 between Gum Swamp Road and La. 22 to improve ride quality. It's part of the state's $425 million quality surface program to fix roads.

People who drive the road daily described the bumpy road as a washboard.

"It's full of cracks, holes, divots... Looks like someone just dumped black plaster everywhere on something broke," said Cerissa Morse.

Residents say the road's condition is also tearing up their cars while they try to dodge bumps, potholes and cracks in the roadway.

"It's worn out. It's a rough road. It's a lot of potholes, a lot of broken up asphalt," said Kerry McNabb. "If you're pulling a boat trailer or something like that it's beating up your boat. It's just a rough road to be traveling on. It needs repairs real bad. They got one bad bridge on the road. There's a big bump. If you don't know about it and you hit it kind of hard, you're going to bounce pretty good."

Work for the nearly $3 million project could start as early as July. The Department of Transportation and Development says the work should take around 85 working days to complete. That means it should take construction crews about six months to complete the job.

 

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