Louisiana road work bill moves ahead

| Friday, June 13, 2003

Most Louisiana highway repair work that involves the closing of a lane would have to be done overnight or during other “non-peak” traffic hours under a bill unanimously approved by a House panel June 10.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 11-0 in favor of legislation by Sen. Art Lentini, R-Kenner, despite estimates that the price tag of road work could jump by $5.9 million because of increased lighting, labor, materials and insurance costs, The Times-Picayune reported.

SB323, which previously passed the Senate by a 27-1 vote, goes next to the full House for debate. It would require the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to determine whether projects will cause “undo hardship or significant delay to the motoring public.”

If it will, the agency must do the work at night between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or during other non-peak traffic hours, such as weekends.

The department would have an out if its studies indicate non-peak work is not feasible.

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