Prien Lake Elementary access road expected to be completed by Au - FOX29 Lake Charles

Prien Lake Elementary access road expected to be completed by August

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For those who travel on Nelson Road past Prien Lake Elementary School, traffic becomes a parking lot during school pick-up and drop-off times.

But an access road project is finally underway to alleviate the congestion and improve student safety.

"Dropping off of students, picking up of students will be taking place behind the school," said Holly Holland, public Information officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

Holland said it’s a $650,000 project; $450,000 will come from the school board's general fund and $200,000 was donated from Lake Charles LNG.

The goal is to alleviate ongoing traffic congestion off Nelson Road.

"Because the traffic there starts stacking up early. If you're in the area, 1:30-1:45, there are parents already lined up. And so this road is really going to alleviate that," said Holland.

Pat Williams Construction is in charge of the road which will be accessible off Nelson just south of the school.

"Basically we're gonna come straight, parallel along Tuten Park and we're gonna go into the treeline and make a big circle towards the rear of the school and come back to that main straight away that we built," said Jason Williams, president of Pat Williams Construction.

Also part of the project, but not constructed by Pat Williams, is a canopy. So, when parents drive-through and drop-off their students, they'll have an overhead cover during inclement weather.

While student safety is a major focus, Holland says benefits are far-reaching.

"We know that the benefits will be seen, not just on a school level or student level or parent level, but on a community level. And we feel like this access road is really going to alleviate some concerns with the safety," said Holland.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to be completed by August when students return to school.

A total $50,000 has also been pledged to the project by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. But funding has not yet gone through.

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