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
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.