Drivers are excited about the new speed limit on Highway 165 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Drivers are excited about the new speed limit on Highway 165

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If you travel down highway 165, between I-10 and Fenton, regularly, you know that for a while you had to go slower to allow for road work. But, now that is all over. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development have covered up the 45 miles an hour signs and uncovered the new ones.

"Well, the contractor finally finished all of their work and now it is ready to up to 65," said Mark Robert with the D.O.T.D. 

"It is past due, but wonderful. We in beautiful, downtown, Fenton are glad it finally happened," said Linda Moss.

"My question is why did it take so long? The road has been done for almost a month and a half. But is going to save me some time," said Terry Champagne.

Steve Jiles with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the road construction may have appeared to be finished to drivers, but there was still more work to be done.  

"When you get to the later stages of a job like that, there is still work going on. There is still impact on the roadway and safety of the workmen. There was just not as much going on," said Steve Jiles. 

Nevertheless, it is back to normal now, with drivers able to go 65 rather than 45 miles per hour.

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