It is the same old saga of American progress.  West Baton Rouge Parish citizens voiced a majority interest in the Baton Rouge Loop route to go through Iberville Parish, rather than their area at a town meeting last night (Thursday, March 26) in Addis.


 

It is the same old saga of American progress.  West Baton Rouge Parish citizens voiced a majority interest in the Baton Rouge Loop route to go through Iberville Parish, rather than their area at a town meeting last night (Thursday, March 26) in Addis.

Similar to a smaller group of rural landowners between Plaquemine and White Castle in Iberville Parish, a large number of Brusly and Addis citizens who live in more populated subdivision areas, do not want to sell their property for usage as a traffic route for the loop.

Citizens in WBR Parish, like those in Iberville, are for a loop because it is needed for better traffic flow in the general Baton Rouge Metro area as well as the fact it will bring business and growth to area nearest the route. The strongest objections come from people who see the potential of losing their property to the traffic loop and expected bridge across the Mississippi River. This is an age old situation seen in the growth of the United States. Property owners, quite naturally, do not want to lose their holdings and uproot their lives. Yet, progress and growth seems to demand just that happening.

Common sense would be to place the traffic route and bridge through the less populated area of Iberville Parish. That would give a balanced spacing between the two bridges in WBR Parish and the Sunshine Bridge in Ascension Parish with a bridge in the middle in Iberville, where there is no link between the east and west bank areas of the parish other than a ferry system.

Both Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. and Iberville Chamber of Commerce President Hank Grace are for the loop and bridge location in Iberville because of its benefit to commerce and a bridge being a valued link between the east and west parts of the parish.