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Accepting bids for Finks Hide-A-Way Road construction

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Construction is scheduled for one of the busiest roads in Ouachita Parish and it will cost $9 million. Our Nolan Crane spoke with homeowners, commuters and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury President to see what changes will take place for Finks Hide-A-Way Road.

Members of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury have given Finks Hide-A-Way Road the green light for a major expansion.

"This road will be a five lane road. It's currently a two lane road," said Shane Smiley.

In order to add three more lanes for commuters and construction crews are digging up sewers and all of these power lines have to be moved. Starting Wednesday the police jury will begin accepting bids from other construction companies to do the rest of the work, which includes digging up the current road which is rough and full of pot holes.

"The total cost of this project is about $9 million. That's 20 percent comes from the parish, that's our part of the match and it's a very expensive project but I think it's going to be well worth it," said Smiley.

Every day more than 10,000 cars travel on Finks Hide-A-Way Road. Commuters and homeowners are grateful that the road they use every day will no longer be neglected. With the big construction plans they are nervous about some potential problems traffic might cause.

"I have to leave here by 7:45 if I want to get to class on time but with the construction I would have to leave probably 15 or 20 minutes earlier," said Timi Poole.

"Those things have to happen if you're going to have progress and get the road fixed and we'll just do the best we can," said Tom Smith.

Jury President Shane Smiley says construction will begin three months after the winning bid is selected. It will take longer than a year before the two mile long road is fixed. All of the construction bids will be sent to Baton Rouge and members of DOTD will select the winning offer but the Ouachita Parish Police Jury will have to agree with the offer.

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