MONROE, La. (4/23/19) — Highway 165 South is well lit during the day, but at night the visibility gets low. Making the road dangerous for pedestrians and cyclist.
“I got ran off the road on this street right here. I fell down broke my finger and she kept going.” said a resident.
A problem Monroe City Engineer Kim Golden calls a critical need.
She said 33 lights will be placed between Century Boulevard and just south of Highway 15 to brighten the area.
“That’s a very high vehicle traffic pedestrian traffic. High pedestrian traffic it’s one of the main retail centers of South Monroe,” said Golden.
Golden said the project is a partnership with the state.
“Because we are using the urban systems funding which is going to pay 80 percent of it, it is actually being handled by DOTD as if it were one of there projects,” said Golden.
Meaning the city will have to pay around $110,000 of the estimated $550,000 construction cost.
A price councilman Kenneth Wilson said is worth saving a life.
“I’m excited not only for myself, but for the citizens of South Monroe. You hear about the accidents that happen on Hwy 165 South, so this is a tremendous blessing for the people of South Monroe,” said Wilson.
With the high volume of accidents right outside the city limits he’s hopeful local government can come together and bring lighting to rest of the area.
“I’m hoping we can go all the way down to Richwood High School. I hope that we can work with the police jury and the town of Richwood,” said Wilson.
Once the project is started Golden said it should take up to 12 months to complete.