The Plaquemine Board of Selectmen is the latest governmental entity on the west side of the Mississippi River to adopt a resolution urging state leaders to take swift action to address traffic issues plaguing La. 1 and the Mississippi River bridge.
The board on Aug. 11 unanimously adopted the same resolution nearly every legislative body in West Baton Rouge Parish already has, which begs the state’s congressional leaders to modify federal regulations regarding highway project planning so emergency infrastructure improvements can get done in a more timely manner.
Daily traffic gridlock along La. 1 near the Intracoastal Waterway and Mississippi River bridge have become such an issue that local industry has modified work schedules in hopes of cutting frustratingly long commute times for employees.
The resolution reminds the delegation that the state Department of Transportation and Development already has performed several studies on the traffic congestion problems on the west side of river but has failed to make necessary improvements.
Efforts are underway to obtain federal approval and funding for improvements, and the resolutions being adopted are part of the effort to solicit support for the action.
Additionally, DOTD has said another study is required by federal statute, and due to the planning process involved, relief for the growing traffic issues could take at least 14 years.
Addis will celebrate 100 years of its incorporation by hosting a two-day centennial celebration Sept. 11-12.
On Sept. 11, the town will kick things off at 6 p.m. with live music, featuring a 9/11 tribute, a parade and fireworks at the town’s museum and park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, but no outside ice chests will be allowed.
The celebration continues the next day at 10 a.m. at Myhand Park and the VFW Hall with more live music, food, drinks, an art show and cook-off.
Among the musical acts set to take the main stage that day are Chris LeBlanc, NaNaSha, Don Rich and many more.
Saturday’s event also will feature historical exhibits, a kids corner and fireworks.
The celebration is expected to last past 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Museum book talk
Loaned copies of “New Orleans Boom and Blackout” are still being distributed at the West Baton Rouge Museum in preparation for its book club events this month.
Book club members on Tuesday had the opportunity to meet photographer Thomas Neff, who talked about his photographs and stories of Katrina survivors, which he later published in his own book “Holding Out and Hanging On.”
At 7 p.m. Thursday, participants are invited to take part in a discussion and book signing with author Brian Boyles.
Hurricane cocktails will be served.
The book club events are in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
That exhibit runs through Sept. 13 and features many of Neff’s images.
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