St. Tammany Parish update:St. Tammany gives drivers a break this holiday season
Christine Harvey, The Times-Picayune
Motorists in St. Tammany Parish will get a break from traffic this holiday season, with several road projects nearly complete or moving to the back burner until the first of the year.
The new Interstate 12 interchange at U.S. 11 is ready for permanent striping, which should begin before the end of the week, according to parish officials. The work to lay new asphalt on Military Road, also known as Louisiana 1090, between Interstate 59 and U.S. 190 also is complete except for permanent striping.
Completing these projects before construction begins on two others along Brown's Switch Road at the intersections of N. Military Road and Robert Boulevard will help ease traffic flow in this area, officials said Wednesday. Workers will add turning lanes onto Brown's Switch from both north- and southbound N. Military and build a roundabout at Robert Road, also known as Louisiana 1091.
Work to clear the area where the turning lanes will be built will begin soon, with construction starting after the first of the year, officials said. The roundabout project will begin construction as soon as the utility companies move their infrastructure to accommodate the new traffic design.
In the same area, the parish currently is working on subsurface drainage and ditching on Haas Road near Slidell, in preparation for road widening. Workers will not mill the road until after the holidays, but intermittent delays related to the drainage work are possible, officials said.
Also near Slidell, crews milled Pearl Acres Road this week, and work to pave the street should be substantially complete by Dec. 21.
Around Louisiana 21 and I-12 near Covington, lanes will remain open during the daylight hours through the holiday season. Work that may impede traffic will take place at night or be postponed until the holidays are complete.
Lastly, workers should begin clearing and grubbing in the next several weeks for the sound barrier planned for the south side of I-12, west of Robert Boulevard. Officials do not anticipate any traffic impact.
All projects on numbered roads, such as U.S. 11 and Louisiana 1090, are state projects, while the remaining projects are being undertaken by St. Tammany Parish.http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2010/12/st_tammany_gives_drivers_a_bre.html