First Section of Verot School Construction Complete, Remainder To Open within 60 Days
Feb 13, 2019 08:44AM
● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.
After more than three years, the 3.19-mile widening and reconstruction of Verot School Road (LA HWY 339), nears competition.
As of yesterday, the safety cones and road closure signs were removed from the southbound lanes of Verot School Rd. between Ambassador Caffery Pkwy and Newburg Drive (just past Heleaux’s Grocery store).
According to DOTD spokesperson Brandy Richardson, “…except for a few punch-list items, all of the concrete work has been completed. We’re still waiting on a few traffic signal components, and the road needs to be striped. However, barring any unforeseen issues and weather permitting, the road should completely open within the next 30 to 60 days (April).”
While residents in the area are relieved that construction is almost completed, businesses along the construction zone are counting the minutes until all of the safety cones are removed, and traffic can resume at a safe and normal pace.
“It’s been a long three years for us. The constant lane closures, dust, and noise from the construction greatly impacted our business,” says Kathryn Shank Co-Owner of DAX on Verot. “Over the past few years, our business has dropped considerably, simply because customers could not pull in or out of our driveway safely.”
The $35,000,000 project began in November of 2015. According to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) records, the project is slightly ahead of schedule, as its original completion was estimated to be the summer of 2019.