Why not do our roadwork at night?

Published 12:01 am Sunday, May 4, 2008

We moved to Natchez in 2006 after living most of our lives in New Orleans. In a city where the politicians were not particularly visionary nor the civil servants exceedingly efficient (mere competence from either was commendable) one truly brilliant idea did emerge.

A few years ago, major roadwork was undertaken to resurface and widen portions of I-10 in New Orleans and adjacent Jefferson Parish — through what was already one of the most congested traffic corridors in the metro area.

For many, the certain short term gridlock and its impact on local businesses far outweighed the promised long term benefits. But major traffic snarls did not occur and nearby businesses suffered little, if at all. In addition, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, saving considerable tax dollars.

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How? Most of the work was done at night, when traffic was light and most businesses were closed.

Highway workers were also more productive thanks to the cooler temperatures.

With construction of the round about at the 61/84 junction under way and summer approaching, it is an idea local and state officials may wish to consider.

George Weeks

Natchez resident