Representative Ken Brass and a contingent from Louisiana DOTD attended Gonzales’ City Council meeting on Monday to deliver a piece of long-awaited news; three roundabouts planned for Hwy 30 will go out for bid early next year.
“It’s a go,” assured Project Manager Josh Harrouch who stated the Final Plan is 90% complete, “and fully funded.”
Estimated to cost $14.2 million, defrayed by some federal funding, the roundabouts…
will be located at two I-10 on/off ramps (east and west bound), the third at Gonzales’ western city limit at St. Landry Road.
In the works for a decade, initial plans were scuttled when DOTD opted to perform a corridor study, completed on December 21, 2016. Progress was slowed by “moving forward in phases, as funding allowed” and six years later construction can begin. According to Harrouch, roundabouts will have “the least impact on businesses along the corridor” while achieving other objectives; improved mobility and safety namely while fulfilling the city’s desire for “traffic calming” while being “bicycle friendly.”
Ultimately, DOTD envisions seven roundabouts on Hwy 30 inside the city limits. The next is, preliminarily, targeted for St. Elizabeth Hospital and the easternmost at Burnside/Hwy 44.