Newly paved highway already receives repairs - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Newly paved highway already receives repairs

LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC) -

Highway 14 runs from New Iberia to Lake Charles, and while it may not be heavily traveled, local residents use the road daily.

The portion that runs through Lake Arthur was recently redone, and residents are not happy about the outcome.

As soon as the construction finished, the patchwork began. While the road is newly paved, the patches are numerous...

"As residents of that area, I don't think we should have to put up with it," said Lake Arthur resident Cletis Dugas.

The road was in bad shape before construction began, and Dugas says the process was slow.

"They actually pulled up a bunch of it and left for about two or three weeks and then came back," said Dugas.

But the crew did finish the job.

"They finally completed it," said Dugas. "It wasn't the best job I've ever seen, but they had it complete."

According to Dugas, within days of it being completed, the repairs began.

"Later, they came back in with a machine that starts tearing up the asphalt and they cut up a bunch of it," said Dugas.

One hundred twenty-one patches to be exact according to Dugas, and he says he probably missed a few. Officials with the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) say the overlay material contained contaminates including rocks and dry patches which would eventually cause potholes. They say the structure is sound and the problems are just visual, but Dugas says the job is sub-par.

"I'm a carpenter, I do this, carpenter work for a living," said Dugas. "And if I built cabinets and hung trim the way they did that road, nobody would pay me."

The DOTD plans to bring the contractor back in to diamond grind the surface patches. This will make the patches blend in and not noticeable.

Officials with DOTD checked on the road's condition Tuesday afternoon. They say the patches are just surface patches, only a few inches deep...but they do plan on getting the contracting company back on the highway as soon as possible to fix the problems.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • The Spot Cafe serves up dozens of Thanksgiving meals

    The Spot Cafe serves up dozens of Thanksgiving meals

    Thursday, November 23 2017 7:53 PM EST2017-11-24 00:53:00 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    Many in Lake Charles found themselves filling their Thanksgiving cravings at the Spot Cafe Thursday - all free of charge. The local restaurant partnered with Wise Tax & Accounting to feed those in Lake Charles who might not have a place to gather on Turkey day. "It feels really good to know that you've been blessed in such a way that you can bless someone else with something as simple as a meal," said LaShawnda Bartie, a volunteer. Volunteers said in years passed,...

    More >>

    Many in Lake Charles found themselves filling their Thanksgiving cravings at the Spot Cafe Thursday - all free of charge. The local restaurant partnered with Wise Tax & Accounting to feed those in Lake Charles who might not have a place to gather on Turkey day. "It feels really good to know that you've been blessed in such a way that you can bless someone else with something as simple as a meal," said LaShawnda Bartie, a volunteer. Volunteers said in years passed,...

    More >>
  • Not cooking for Thanksgiving? Here's a list of places open on Turkey Day

    Not cooking for Thanksgiving? Here's a list of places open on Turkey Day

    Thursday, November 23 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-11-23 23:56:49 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    If you want to go out for a Thanksgiving meal instead of spending the day cooking, try one of these restaurants open on Turkey Day

    More >>

    If you want to go out for a Thanksgiving meal instead of spending the day cooking, try one of these restaurants open on Turkey Day

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Frost likely Friday morning in most areas; warmer this weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Frost likely Friday morning in most areas; warmer this weekend

    Thursday, November 23 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-11-23 22:35:32 GMT
    Chilly start to FridayChilly start to Friday

    Temperatures will fall rapidly this evening with lows by Friday morning ranging from the upper 20s north of I-10 to the low 40s at the coast.  The wind will remain calm overnight and that means frost is very likely in all areas from I-10 northward.  A few rural areas south of I-10 could see frost as well...

    More >>

    Temperatures will fall rapidly this evening with lows by Friday morning ranging from the upper 20s north of I-10 to the low 40s at the coast.  The wind will remain calm overnight and that means frost is very likely in all areas from I-10 northward.  A few rural areas south of I-10 could see frost as well...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly