Study is first step in years long process for intersection improvements

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Hwy 6 and Hwy 504 intersection

By Carolyn Roy
carolyn@natchitochestimes.com

Comments at a public meeting Tuesday helped the La. DOTD decide what improvements to make at La. Hwy. 6 and La. Hwy. 504 according to Public Information Officer Erin Buchanan.

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The project has not been funded and is in the environmental impact study stage. It could be years before such a project takes place. Buchanan said La. DOTD is assessing future growth and traffic flow for safety.

La. DOTD presented three alternates for the intersection near Interstate 49 during a public meeting at the Natchitoches Arts Center.

The first is a traffic signal at a cost of $445,000; the second is a restricted crossing U-turn at $1.3 million; and the third is a roundabout at $2.5 million.

A 2016 traffic study indicates that the 24-hour volume at that location was from 15,000-17,000 vehicles per day; La. DOTD predicts the volume in 2018 will increase by 500 vehicles per day and by 2038 the volume will increase to 20,000-22,000 per day.

The report shows the project is at feasibility Stage 0 considering safety and mobility improvements within the La. 6 corridor extending from just west of the interchange at I-49, east toward Natchitoches, approximately 2.2 miles to its intersection with La. 3278 or what is known in Natchitoches as the Old Robeline Road. Stage 0 will take one year.

Stage 1 will be planning/environment that could take one to two years; Stage 2 for funding will be an indefinite period; Stage 3 for final plans will take one to three years; Stage 4 will be bid process for one year; Stage 5 for construction one to three years; and Stage 6 for monitoring and maintenance indefinite.

Anyone wanting to submit a comment can do so by sending them to the following address, postmarked or received electronically no later than June 30.

LA 6 Feasibility Study
Attn: Nick J. Ferlito Jr., P.E., PTOE
Neel-Schaffer Inc.
10000 Perkins Rowe Suite G360
Baton Rouge La 70810

 

E-mail comments to LA6stagezero@neel-schaffer.com