PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — In Prairieville, Highway 930 is closed North of its intersection with Henry Rd. This is just one of the many projects taking place in Ascension Parish.
For those driving around Ascension Parish, you may notice some road closures, dirt piles on the side of the road, and construction sites. This is all a part of the parish’s initiative to keep up with the new developments and growth through new infrastructure.
Move Ascension has been paving the way for lighter traffic and safer roads.
Ascension Parish Transportation Director & Move Ascension Chief Engineer Joey Tureau says “It takes in a road and totally rehabilitates the road to make it safer with paved shoulders, four slopes, and nice smooth ditches.”
Ascension Parish resident Samuel Aikens says, “It’s about time. I’ve been living here a long time, to be honest with you, the road situation, infrastructure, we well overdue, should’ve been doing it. this is about the worst road in Louisiana, I could be wrong.”
The initiative also includes roundabouts starting right in front of Prairieville Middle School.
Tureau says, “The reason why this intersection and a lot of other intersections became a part of the Move Ascension program is because it probably had a crash history, so it’s a way of improving it, and also this area is due for a lot of growth because we do have a new high school coming up.”
What was once considered to be rural is now on the brink of suburban living.
Ascension Parish resident Billy Bates says, “Personally, it’s growing too fast for me really, to be honest, it’s growing too fast and the highways are not adequate to take care of the traffic.”
They hope that these projects will make a difference.
Aikens says, “Trust me I’ve seen a lot of wrecks. this curve right here, a lot of wrecks. People blowing out tires because of the potholes, tearing their cars up. I‘m wanting to see an improvement here and I know that everyone else does as well.”
Another concern is LA- 42, which has been under construction for years now.
Tureau says, “The beginning was really rougher because whenever you put subservient drainage in it’s a mess, but they are through all of that. They’ve got the pavement all in place. It’s close to being finished so me and certainly, the people of the community are pleased.”
The parish says they are looking for feedback from the community to ensure that their voices are being heard.
Move Ascension also says you can find the latest road closures and projects on their webpage.