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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) – The Ouachita Parish Police Jury has finished a project that homeowners on Highway 165 South, a mile past the town of Richwood have complained about for more than a decade. Jurors say everyday more than one thousand people travel down Harmon Johnson Road and they did so in fear because of the road conditions. Our Nolan Crane spoke with homeowners who are not only grateful but they feel a lot safer.

When you drive down Harmon Johnson Road you might not notice anything special, but it's what used to be here that makes homeowners and people commuting grateful.

"I've lived on Harmon Johnson Road since November of 87 and the roads have really been terrible. Driving down in the rain it's hard to control your vehicle, you just pray you stay on the road. Since the improvement in it that they have just done it's so much better, I mean I don't know how to feel driving down the road and not be bouncing all over the car," said Peggy Knight.

The rough road filled with potholes is a thing of the past thanks to the police jury spending more than $560,000 to redo a one point eight mile stretch of the three mile long road.

"They have really done a great improvement on this street and I wish they would continue to do things like this to make the Monroe area a little bit better," said Shermann Henderson.

This might not be the yellow brick road but the cost of it took a big chunk out of the parish budget.

"The concern is where do we get these funds? We have over 800 miles of roads to fix with less than when we look at the parish transportation's funds it's less than one million dollars," said Pat Moore.

So it might be a while before other roads see the same transformation as Harmon Johnson. Members of the police jury know there are a lot of roads that need improvement. Their budget comes from a one cent sales tax in Ouachita Parish and they don't have plans of raising taxes.

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