Millions of dollars in improvements coming to major West Bank road

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Posted on December 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 1:01 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS - For West Bank drivers, General De Gaulle Drive is the main artery to get to the Crescent City Connection and across the river, but major bumps in the road are causing big headaches.

“It's very hard. It's bad on your car. It's bad on the tires and everything,” said West Bank resident Jesse LaFrance.

“I have to slow down to almost 20 miles an hour, just to travel on it because it's so bumpy,” said driver Loronzo Hutton.

“It's like speed bumps, you have speed bumps on a major thoroughfare that should not be there,” said state Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans.

But those bumps will soon be smoothed out, thanks to the Regional Planning Commission and the state.

It's part of a $15 million project to fix Algiers streets. You can already see some of the work on General De Gaulle to build up sunken curbs near MacArthur.

You'll also see crews begin widening narrow lanes on the side of the thoroughfare leading away from the river bridge near Shirley Drive.

Residents say that's a long time coming.

“It's really rough with the narrow lanes. Very often I feel like I'm going to get side swiped or I'm going to side swipe somebody,” said LaFrance.

The other side of General De Gaulle, leading into the CCC, has already been widened as part of a separate project, which eases some traffic congestion.

Now, residents say they're glad both sides of the busy roadway will be safer.

“The other side’s good, but this side is really pretty bad so hopefully it will be done soon,” said Hutton.

There will also be work on Pace and Newton.

Road work will only take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to limit traffic congestion. The first phase should wrap up in about six months. Crews will begin smoothing out bumps in the summer.

 

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