Walker officials asking for help with road construction ideas

Public input ends November 8th

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 5:08pm

WALKER, La (WGMB)--The town of Walker is growing fast, and so are traffic troubles in the area.

Thousands of cars get on and off I-12 everday at LA 447. If it's rush hour, commuters know they'll be waiting.

Now, city officials are asking frustrated drivers to tell them the best way to help improve the traffic flow.

Engineers have put together three different plans and posted the ideas online.

"They're the ones that drive on it everyday," says Mayor Bobby Font. "They're the ones that deal with the traffic, and they have some great ideas so yeah we want their input."

The actual construction won't start for another few years. You have until next Monday to voice your opinion on how the project should go.

Click here for a look at all the ideas: http://walker.la.us/447Project.html

Later this month, road crews will begin work on Pendarvis Lane and Duff Road. Pendarvis will be receiving a center stripe from La. 447 all the way through to its intersection with U.S. 190. Duff Road will get center reflector markers from Burgess Avenue to where it crosses our corporate limits. Both of these roadways are subject to high traffic volumes and have no center-of-roadway markings. This effort should provide better roadway marking and lane designation, hopefully resulting in fewer traffic accidents.

Also, the town has obtained the necessary funding for intersection improvements at U.S. 190 and La. 1029 [Corbin Avenue], to include turning lanes. Construction is due to begin there in mid-2011.

In addition, Walker is in the process of securing the funding for the following roadway and intersection improvements:

Realignment of Sunland Drive and Woodside Drive at its intersection with U.S. 190, to include turning lanes.

Intersection improvements on Pendarvis at its intersections with La. 447 and U.S. 190, to include turning lanes.

Intersection improvements at U.S. 190 and La. 449, to include turning lanes.

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