Crews building new roundabout between Ascension subdivisions
GONZALES - If you drive on Highway 44 in Ascension Parish, you may notice construction cones, heavy equipment and a high pile of concrete along the busy roadway.
It's all for the new roundabout being built right between two subdivisions. Hundreds of drivers travel daily on the narrow two-lane road to regulate the flow of traffic, so a real estate company is in the process of building a roundabout between Conway and Oak Lakes subdivisions.
"I think a roundabout, is a fabulous way to slow everyone down and a way to get us in and out of traffic while avoiding bad accidents," said Gail Ellis, a resident in the Conway subdivision.
Ellis believes the roundabout is needed because of how reckless some drivers tend to be on the highway.
"They drive really fast on this road. I see people going 60, 70, even maybe 80 miles per hour on this road. It's just crazy, people are crazy, " Ellis said.
This project will not be overseen by DOTD, instead a realtor company was given a permit by the agency to have it built between the two neighborhoods.
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