Lake Charles road construction: progress or annoyance?

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - There are currently several road construction projects that are happening in and around Lake Charles.

Common Street is being repaved and widened to a five lane highway. The intersection of Lake Street and Prien Lake is being updated to alleviate traffic issues. Highway 14 headed south down Tom Hebert Road is being repaved, and a portion of Interstate 210 is getting a facelift.

As much as the Louisiana DOTD says these projects are necessary, many Lake Charles motorists see the construction as an inconvenience. The DOTD said they work hard to keep the construction from being too much of an annoyance.

"It's a temporary inconvenience. Within a couple of months half, or at least a big part of the work will be complete. You can never eliminate all of the impact. We try to minimize it as much as we can," said Steve Jiles with the Louisiana DOTD.

But, some consider the construction to be more than just a slight inconvenience, it goes deeper. One McNeese counselor explains how the fast paced world we live in, where instant gratification is the norm, contributes to problem.

"What you see with that, is people do not have the skill to be able to wait for things. Waiting takes patience. Patience is something that has to be developed and worked on," said Anne Fournet.

With things like fast food to eat while on the run, and smart phones to answer any questions in an instant, construction can sometimes seem like more than just a small bump in the road.

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