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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

As South Lake Charles welcomes new development, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is looking at ways to accommodate the traffic that comes with it.

The panel wants to improve the intersection at Nelson and Ham Reid Roads and at Nelson and Gauthier Roads.

"It has been an issue and with the continued growth in South Lake Charles, it's just going to get worse," said police juror Guy Brame.

Brame said something needs to be done. The goal is to help eliminate any traffic issues off Nelson Road.

"Due to the projections of the increased traffic, two percent per year over the next 15 years, we're going to go out for a round-about there to get rid of the signals to install a round-about to keep the traffic flowing," Brame said.

The panel hopes this will make for a safer intersection, considering all the growth expected to come to the area in the future.

The cost for the round-about construction is close to $1.8 million.

"It'll reduce the delays, they're safe and so, we're going to proceed with a design based on the approval of the contract," said Parish Engineer Tim Conner.

Conner said the round-about at the Nelson/Ham Reid Road intersection will only help the parish's future plans of extending Ham Reid Road farther west.

"This would be something that would enhance us being able to make that extension and accommodating any additional traffic that would come through that corridor," Conner said.

New development is expected in the area, like the expected new charter school off Ham Reid Road and Weaver Road.

Over at the intersection of Nelson and Gauthier, the parish plans to improve the traffic signals at a cost between $150,000 and $175,000.

"The lighting will be fixed instead of the lights being hung on lines for maintenance. We'll have cameras there to help the whole traffic flow at that intersection and the maintenance costs will be down," Brame said.

They are two necessary improvements off Nelson Road, according to the CPPJ, that will only help welcome new development to South Lake Charles.

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