CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) — A construction project in Central is going to take much longer than planned. The Sullivan Road widening project started back in 2017, stretching from Wax Road to Hooper Road.
Central Mayor David Barrow said now the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is in the process of parting ways with their current contractor, Boone Services.
“They have not been out there for several months working,” said Barrow. “I think there were a lot of problems with the installations of the sewer lines. As to what transpired between the contractor and DOTD, I was not made fully aware of that.”
Residents didn’t want to speak on camera but said the five-year-long project is hurting their living and pockets.
“Over $400,000 of taxpayer dollars has been spent on engineering and now they want to go back and do more engineering,” said Barrow.
The original project proposed a roundabout at Hooper and Sullivan roads to reduce traffic. To get the job done faster DOTD is redesigning the roadway and going back to a traditional intersection.
“The roundabout was going to help keep the traffic flowing very well. And the signalized intersection is not going to be nearly as efficient,” said Barrow.
People who use the intersection are fed up with sitting in traffic for hours. Barrow said he understands the frustration and is asking drivers and residents to remain patient.
“For the last five years it’s been very frustrating and aggravating for those residents in that area,” said Barrow.
The sewer line installation project is not even halfway complete. Barrow said DOTD will also have to redesign that project and figure out how to finish the current installations.