Drivers who regularly travel south on La. 27 can expect some much-needed changes that will help traffic flow.
A third extra lane will be added on La. 27 in Sulphur and Carlyss soon.
"We've been talking about adding capacity to this route for years," said Todd Landry, DOTD district engineer administrator.
"People are going in every different direction, especially during the peak hours in the morning and in the afternoons and they just need a better access in and out," said Landry.
Landry said that a third lane, which will become a dedicated turning lane, will go from I-10 South to Dave Dugas Road.
He also said they will be widening the roads and repaving La. 27 all the way down to Sam Vincent Road.
"We're going to be adding a lot of draining structures," he said. "We're going to be closing in ditches and improving the look of the roadway as well as the functionality of the roadway."
DOTD has partnered with the parish on this project. It will cost $9.1 million, and take a little over a year to complete.
Michelle Obalek works at Fisherman's Headquarters off of La. 27 and knows first-hand just how bad the traffic can get.
"I have friends who won't come out here at certain times of the night because of the traffic," she said.
She doesn't believe the construction will impact business, though.
"We should be pretty busy," she said. "We stay pretty steady at night."
Landry said DOTD does plan to do night work to lessen the traffic, but he still urges those who take this route to be prepared once construction starts.
"Be aware that during construction, your travel times are going to be a little bit reduced so if you can avoid the construction zone it's probably better to do that," said Landry.
Construction will begin March 15. Landry also said La. 108 South will be getting new pavement, in conjunction with the La. 27 project.
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