How bad is Hwy 930/Parker Road?

Kim Christy and Jeff Pettit emerging from the Clerk of Court’s office yesterday.

Ascension’s Land Development Code prohibits development of any subdivision “on any street which is less than 18’ in pavement width.”  Kim Christy is among the plaintiffs suing the parish Planning Commission to undo its approval of Jamestown Crossing which straddles Hwy 930 where the average width is 17.3 feet.  Her criticism of that approval extends beyond “the fact that our laws were ignored by four commissioners” when it comes to Dantin Bruce Development’s latest project.

Hwy 930, a few tenths of a mile south of Hwy 42

“Putting that aside, the condition of Hwy 930 and Parker Road is such that no development should be allowed here,” Christy insisted.  “17 feet or 18 feet, these roads are unsafe and any appointed official who would approve 172 residential lots there should not be allowed to remain on the Planning Commission.”

Christy, a retired FBI agent who’s reverence for Equal Protection (and application) of the Law for (and to) everyone filters into casual discussions, could be in a position to do something about it.  After much “deliberation and soul-searching” Kim Christy decided to challenge the incumbent District 7 council member in 2019.  The Council appoints members to the Planning and Zoning Commissions.

The pictures, according to Christy, “speak for themselves.”

Fresh patch on Hwy 930 looking north to Hwy 42

Hwy 930 at Ironwood Estates entrance. Leaning road sign indicates someone hit the sign again trying to negotiate sharp curve

Hwy 930 a little further south; new patch on crumbling road edge

Hwy 930/Parker Rd intersection viewed from 930

Viewed from Parker Rd

The further away you get the worse it looks

“Regardless of Hwy 930’s width, this development should never have been approved,” Christy stressed.  “The roadway is woefully insufficient to handle the volume of traffic it currently sees and 172 lots, with a high school planned nearby in the next five years…It’s a recipe for disaster and it’s only a matter of time.”

And Parker Road is not much better…

Parker Road viewed from Hwy 930

A fresh patch on Parker Road. You could still smell the asphalt.

“And the best Ascension Parish can do is apply patches to our roads, temporary fixes which do little to ensure the safety of our citizens.  It’s time to halt all this development until the parish’s infrastructure catches up,” Christy declared.

As if on cue…

Ascension Parish truck hauling asphalt

“Band-Aids don’t do much on gaping wounds,” she quipped.  “The citizens of Ascension Parish deserve answers; and solutions.”

And Kim Christy has one in mind.  She urged the Council to enact long-discussed, and delayed, Traffic Impact Study policies applicable to every subdivision development.  On May 17 the governing authority moved to have an ordinance drafted that would include a prohibition of development near an F-rated intersection which would have barred Jamestown Crossing.  Hwy 42/930 intersection’s Level of Service is “F.”