Livingston road work just beginning for U.S. 190
LIVINGSTON - Construction crews have begun giving U.S. 190 a facelift, part of a $4.4 million project to fix the stretch of road in Livingston Parish.
Crews are currently doing patchwork and will overlay the highway to make it safer. Residents living near the highway said they're glad to see it being repaired.
"I believe it will speed the traffic up... not too many potholes and cracks in the roads to tear up out cars. I'm excited about it," said Charlotte Sance.
Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Albany, said the highway hasn't been touched in over 40 years. He says this is just the start, and he plans to propose expanding the highway to four lanes of traffic.
"We're talking a couple hundred million dollars to four-lane Highway 190. So we're probably looking at five or six years, but again, the process has started. It's a good start, so we're gonna reach our goal," said Mack.
Mack says the plan will have to pass through the legislature next session, but he says he has "no doubts" that will happen.
"Yes it's good to know that. I have young children, so when they get older they're gonna be driving this highway and it's going to be like it should be... four lanes, smooth ride," says Sance.
Mack says the expansion would be a "game-changer" for Livingston Parish.