A public meeting to discus the possibility of a Baton Rouge traffic loop proposal affecting Iberville Parish residents was held last night (Tuesday, March 24) in Plaquemine.


 

A public meeting to discus the possibility of a Baton Rouge traffic loop proposal affecting Iberville Parish residents was held last night (Tuesday, March 24) in Plaquemine.

If any residents could not attend that meeting, they still have an opportunity to find out more about the traffic loop. Another public meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday, March 26) at the Addis Community Center on La. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tomorrow’s meeting will center on discussion of the proposed traffic route going between Brusly and Addis.

Opinions concerning the loop being built through Iberville Parish varied from parish leaders like Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. and Chamber of Commerce President Hank Grace voicing high approval to several landowners, who expected to be on the proposed route, voicing high disapproval.

The proposed route through Iberville would create a bridge to cross the Mississippi River between Plaquemine and White Castle.

Ourso already has said placing the loop through the parish would be the most practical route because West Baton Rouge Parish already has two bridges across the river to East Baton Rouge Parish, while the west and east portions of Iberville Parish are separated by the river and only a ferry service is provided for the immediate Plaquemine area.

Both Ourso and Grace look to having the loop and a bridge across the river as an economic boom to Iberville Parish. Grace said that similar loops around large, growing cities like Baton Rouge has brought significant new businesses development in the areas where traffic loop routes have been built. Another strong point for the loop would be more travel convenience for parish residents on both sides of the river.

Objectors to the proposed loop cited the potential loss of personal property. One said the traffic route would bring the wrong kind of businesses to the area such as nightclubs, and gambling and strip joints.