I ran across this letter to the editor about the nightmare traffic headache North Ascension Parish has become and almost no leadership in local or state government to do anything about it. I’ve created a new blog category for this post under “Traffic Nightmare No Action” because obviously leadership is asleep at the wheel while Ascension Parish coffers must be full to the brim with so much revenue for industrial expansion.
I didn’t know there were 33 more new subdivisions under construction in North Ascension Parish. For me, a Home Appraiser constantly on the road driving, I avoid Hwys 42, 621, 74 and Geismar as much as possible. There’s no excuse whatsoever for the traffic nightmare Hwy 621 has become…ridiculous 2 lane road with an obvious lapse of action there! I had an appraisal assignment in Bayou Grand in November around 2pm on a Tuesday and it took me several minutes just to turn left to head to I-10. AND, I feel so sorry for those residents living in Ascension having to commute to work daily into Baton Rouge either via I-10 or Airline Hwy.
“Considering just the negative impact that unbridled growth has on roads, I offer the following. Currently, there are 24 approved Subdivisions “under construction” and 9 more “under consideration” – that’s 33 subdivisions in total. This adds up to 2,458 additional houses that will add 4,916 additional cars onto our already overly crowded highways, most of which already have “failing” Level of Service ratings. Currently Traffic Studies on new Subdivisions do not take into consideration the impact of the 24 Subdivisions currently under construction will have on our narrow country roads.”
And, this isn’t even talking about the impact a new future school is to have on Hwy 73 near I-10 across from the proposed The Hollows At Dutchtown Subdivision.