Groundbreaking for Arkansas Road Expansion Project

Arkansas Road will soon look quite different. 
 
The two lane road will be soon become five and intersections will be replaced with roundabouts that will help make driving in the area more safe and efficient.
 
But, it comes at a cost.
 
The Arkansas Road Expansion Project t is set to cost $33 million. One of the most expensive ever in Ouachita Parish. 
 
Leaders with the Louisiana Department of Transportation say 18,000 drivers use the road every day. 
 
They say with the new changes it should make the commute to and from home more pleasant for drivers in the area. 
 
Something that West Monroe Alderman James Brian says has been a long time coming. 
 
"We have been looking for it for so many years. When I moved here in 1970 they were talking about it. And as the Governor mentioned in 1981 it became a thing we would put on it. And so we just been very excited and anxious for it to get started. Now we will be anxious for it to be over," said Alderman Brian.  
 
However it's going to take a while. 
 
The project is expected to take three years to complete. 
 
But the Governor John Bel Edwards says it will be well worth the wait. 
 
"This area is going to see a tremendous benefit from this area from this investment. Both as it relates tourism and commerce. But, mostly just everyday quality of life for users. It doesn't matter if you are driving a truck full of kids nobody wants to be hung up in traffic," said Governor Edwards.
 

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