Wednesday, December 18, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has begun preliminary work for a $1.9 million project at the intersection of US Hwy. 61 (Airline Hwy.) and US Hwy. 3188 (Belle Terre Blvd).
The project scope will include a double left turn lane from southbound Airline Hwy (toward New Orleans) to Belle Terre Blvd. and will include drainage work, widening of the existing roadway, construction of curb and gutter, and a curbed median. The construction length is approximately 2000 feet, beginning west of Elm St. and ending approximately 700 feet east of Belle Terre Blvd. The roadway will be overlaid and restriped within the project limits.
DOTD expects to begin drainage work by the end of the week; however, traffic will not be impacted until January. Few daytime lane closures are expected, but the Communications Department and DOTD will provide additional information as the project progresses. “We look forward to this project providing relief to the traffic congestion that occurs in the mornings and evenings at this intersection. Residents are requested to proceed with caution in the work area, as these much needed improvements are made,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
The project is expected to be completed in early May of 2014.