DOTD road plans met with roadblock from West Baton Rouge residents

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BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) Tuesday night, The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development laid out their plans for the LA 415 to Essen Lane project.

“I’ve been around long enough to see this work be talked about.”

West Baton Rouge resident, John Gomez said, he’s hesitant about DOTD’s new road plans. He said, the LA 415 to Essen lane project is good, but, thinks only part of the project will be completed.

“I think portions of it might but I don’t think the whole thing will” said Gomez.

The project would cut down on congestion throughout the I-10 corridor from west of the Mississippi River to the I-10/ I-12 split.

“There are a lot of improvements that are going to happen. It’s not just adding a lane and more concrete. We’re also looking to do some enhancements throughout the area.”

Part of the project includes buying out businesses and homes to make room. Rodney Mallet with DOTD said, they’ve been working to ensure that portion is a smooth transition.

“If it’s going to be in the right of way of the project then we will acquire those properties. We’ve been in contact with everyone who has the possibility of being in the area right now” said Mallett.

Port Allen resident, Tommy Zito said, when it comes to road projects including both sides of the Mississippi; he’s seen West Baton Rouge gets the short end of the stick.

“I’m not all excited of the fact that it seems like East Baton Rouge always get the number one seed of money and we get the leftovers” said Zito.

As the plans for the project gets finalized, Gomez said he’ll scratch his head until work finally starts.

“I’m happy if it continues, but, I’m concerned something is going to stop it again.”

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