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A part of Cheniere Drew Road closed for five days

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For those of you who drive  in the western part of Ouachita Parish, a section of Cheniere Drew Road will  shut down beginning Tuesday. But it’s only temporary, and it’s only one of several projects the West Monroe area will see in the near future.  

Marshall Hill, with the Department of Transportation and Development, said starting this week, construction will begin on Cheniere Drew Road, right in front of Excalibur.

'We've had some problems with people turning before they got to the crest of the hill. So they were turning and cars were still coming over the crest of the hill. This will cut the hill down so they can see before they get to the crest of the hill,” Hill said.

The road will be closed for five days, while the drainage culvert is replaced. And Hill said it will take about two months to level-out the hill.

 At the request of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury, the DOTD will also conduct a study to see if a traffic signal is needed at the intersection of Vancil Road and Cypress Street.

Hill said the department will look at the number of accidents, the type of accidents and the direction of the flow of traffic before making a decision.

Hill   also said the department is still in the initial stages of the Arkansas Road project.

The state will five-lane a part of Arkansas Road and add four round-a-bouts to ease congestion of traffic

'We've bought almost all of the right a ways in the areas outside of the round-a-bouts and now we are in the process of buying those in the round-a-bouts," Hill said.

Hill said some of the work will begin this fall, but major construction on the project will begin next year.

And he said motorist should always use caution in construction zones. 
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