Road work to begin at Ryan St. & Prien Lake Rd. Intersection

The following is a News Release from the City of Lake Charles:

Scheduled to begin November 1, the north and south approaches to Prien Lake Rd. on Ryan St. will be widened to provide dual left turn lanes in both directions.  Single left turn lanes will be constructed on the east and west approaches of Prien Lake Rd.

After completion of the intersection reconstruction project, traffic will be permitted to turn left in both directions from Ryan Street onto Prien Lake Road during protected left turn signal phases.   Additional intersection capacity will also be added on the east approach of Prien Lake Road, which will be widened from four lanes to five lanes in advance of Ryan Street.   New traffic signals on mast arms will be installed at the intersection.

One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic at all times during the project.

The first phase of construction will include the installation of the new traffic signal, intersection radius improvements and widening of both Ryan St. and the section of Prien Lake Road east of Ryan Street.  Drainage structures, concrete pavement, ADA handicap ramps, and sidewalk will be constructed during this phase of work.

The outermost lanes on Ryan St. and Prien Lake will be closed at all times during this phase of construction. Lanes will be reopened as each quadrant of the intersection work is completed.

The second phase of work will place an asphalt overlay on Ryan St.  Various lane closures will be necessary during this time. Asphalt work will be sequenced to avoid peak travel times, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

During the project, DOTD will have message boards in place for traffic approaching the intersection to advise motorists that the lanes are closed.

The state project is expected to continue for 75 working days.  The anticipated completion date is May of 2012.

Utilities are now being relocated in advance of the expected November 1 start date.