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GONZALES - Intermittent lane closures began Monday on LA 30 between Tanger and the Iberville Parish line in Gonzales so the Department of Transportation and Development can patch, mill and lay new asphalt.

While drivers know the road is problematic, they say it needs more than just some patching.

"It's already bad, bumper to bumper in the morning time," said chemical plant worker Gary Smith. "Everybody's trying to get to these plants."

Smith says he's not looking forward to the closures since it already takes him an hour to get to work from Baton Rouge.

"It needs to be expanded, widened," said plant worker William Cook. "I think as far as the road quality itself, it's doing pretty good."

"They need to four-lane it," said Smith. "They got all these plants down through here, it would benefit everybody."

The surface work is scheduled for weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Weekend lane closures are from Friday at 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Work will last into 2015; it is set to be finished in February.



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