DOTD holds annual public hearing - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DOTD holds annual public hearing

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

That economic boom coming to Southwest Louisiana that you've heard so much about will bring jobs and a lot more traffic.

That's why legislators, mayors and other community leaders attended Thursday's DOTD public hearing.

The meeting gave a preliminary outlook on highway programs for the upcoming fiscal year.

But it's also held to get public input. And Thursday, several people addressed road projects in relation to economic development.

Almost $700 million is slated for road construction projects in fiscal year 2014-2015. However, "federal monies are on the decline. We have stopped receiving earmarks," said House Transportation Committee Chair, Karen St. Germain.

Germain said they have to get creative when looking for funding, "We're trying to get public private partnerships going for the major projects such as bridges and highways. We have to put our thinking caps back on and bring our monies back up to par to where they used to be."

Testifiers at the DOTD public hearing said they know that tough decisions have to be made when prioritizing road construction projects, but some think the economic boom should make that decision easier.

"People that drive in from Jefferson Davis Parish, Allen Parish, Beauregard and Cameron to work at these jobs need a way to get here to help this economic boost that we're fixing to have in our area," said Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan.

And one of the main concerns addressed Thursday was the I-10 bridge.

"If we can fast track Cove Lane, why can't we fast track this I-10 bridge right now? Granted, Cove Lane had some private money involved in it but it shows that the process can be sped up with the state on all these road projects," said Duncan.

"With economic growth and development is going to come traffic congestion and it will be unlike anything we've ever experienced," said Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.

But at a $500 million price tag, Roach said, "those are the types of projects probably that deserve priority within the federal system."

But without funding, it means more waiting.

Although, Germain said input given Thursday will be considered, "I can talk to your fellow legislators any day, but to hear from your own public, we learn so much."

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

The following information is from DOTD:

I-10 Eastbound will be closed to all traffic at Exit 44 (Kinder exit onto U.S. 165, just east of Iowa) beginning Saturday, November 2, at 4 a.m. until Wednesday, November 6, at 4 a.m., weather permitting. This closure is necessary for crews to perform bridge repair work.

The detour for motorists will consist of the following routes:

I-10 Eastbound traffic:

Primary detour:  Exit 44 to U.S. 165 South then east onto La. 3258 then onto I-10 Eastbound via temporary ramp (constructed by DOTD) approximately 1 ¼ miles east of U.S. 165.

Secondary detour (as needed):  Exit 44 to U.S. 165, then north 3.5 miles to La. 101, then east on La. 101 for 4.8 miles to I-10.

To avoid delays at Exit 44, suggested detours include:

For motorists coming from Texas on I-10 eastbound, take La. 12 and continue east on U.S. 190.

La. 12 may be accessed from I-10 at Exit 4 (Toomey), then north on La. 109, continue driving for 12 miles to La. 12 (Starks).

U.S. 190 may be accessed from I-10 at Exit 33 (Lake Charles), proceed north on U.S. 171, continue driving 19 miles to U.S. 190 (Ragley).

I-10 eastbound traffic can detour around the closure area by exiting onto U.S. 90 (Exit 31B) and then traveling east on U.S. 90 to La. 101 in Lacassine before turning left along La. 101 to reconnect with I-10. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    LC police confirm shooting on North Booker Street

    LC police confirm shooting on North Booker Street

    Friday, March 24 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-03-24 20:03:06 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whiittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whiittington/KPLC)

    Lake Charles police confirm there's been a shooting in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles..

    More >>

    Lake Charles police confirm there's been a shooting in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles..

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain coming through tonight with thunderstorm lasting into Saturday morning.

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain coming through tonight with thunderstorm lasting into Saturday morning.

    Friday, March 24 2017 3:24 PM EDT2017-03-24 19:24:33 GMT
    Showers and thunderstorms come through tonightShowers and thunderstorms come through tonight

    Overnight showers and thunderstorms will come through tonight. We will see windy conditions with these storms. The rain will start as early as the early evening hours and will last into Saturday morning. No severe weather is expected tonight, but there is a chance for heavy rainfall in some areas. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 60s tonight, thanks to the rain and cloud cover keeping the warmer temperatures near the surface. 

    More >>

    Overnight showers and thunderstorms will come through tonight. We will see windy conditions with these storms. The rain will start as early as the early evening hours and will last into Saturday morning. No severe weather is expected tonight, but there is a chance for heavy rainfall in some areas. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 60s tonight, thanks to the rain and cloud cover keeping the warmer temperatures near the surface. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Ali Barconey found guilty of second-degree murder in 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud

    Ali Barconey found guilty of second-degree murder in 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud

    Friday, March 24 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-03-24 18:50:04 GMT
    Nathaniel Reynaud (Source: Family)Nathaniel Reynaud (Source: Family)

    Closing arguments are expected today in the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud. Ali Barconey stands accused of killing Reynaud at a home on Allen Street in 2014. The defense put on its case Friday morning and the prosecution is now offering its rebuttal. Barconey's nephew, William Lee Carter, took the stand Thursday as the state's last witness. He testified that he, Barconey and Trevis Barber went into the home armed on ...

    More >>

    Closing arguments are expected today in the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud. Ali Barconey stands accused of killing Reynaud at a home on Allen Street in 2014. The defense put on its case Friday morning and the prosecution is now offering its rebuttal. Barconey's nephew, William Lee Carter, took the stand Thursday as the state's last witness. He testified that he, Barconey and Trevis Barber went into the home armed on ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly