“Pork Chop” project planned for MerauxJul 15th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Top Story
The traffic congestion at the intersection of Paul Drive at E. Judge Perez Drive in Meraux will soon be alleviated. The Department of Transportation and Development has plans to add a “pork chop”— island turns in the median.
The construction work comes as a result of numerous complaints of residents, especially from parents bringing their children to Joseph Davies Elementary School and residents near the school, and the urging of State Representative Ray Garofalo over the past year.
Garofalo had several meetings with DOTD officials to come up with a solution to the problem. At first a traffic light was requested, but according to DOTD traffic counts on Judge Perez Drive, along with the fact that there is an existing signal at Hannan Boulevard, did not warrant an additional signal at Paul Drive. So they reengineered the intersection and designed island turns in the median, commonly referred to by DOTD as a “pork chop” configuration.
“According to the engineers, this should significantly reduce congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times,” says Garofalo.
The project is underway and was let on April 24 of this year. The contractor is Forby Contracting and is waiting on the Notice to Proceed. Once complete, traffic will only be able to make left turns from E. Judge Perez Drive onto Paul Drive. Vehicles accessing E. Judge Perez from Paul Drive will make a right turn only and if needing to head in the opposite direction will make a U-turn at one of the nearby median openings.
Garofalo says additional road work is being done within this project. Running 5.7 miles along E. Judge Perez from the intersection of Paris Road to its junction with the east side of the Lake Borne Canal Bridge, the additional work will include: patching the existing concrete roadway as needed; patching, cold planing, and overlaying the existing asphalt concrete roadway; constructing a left turn lane at St. Marie Drive and at Rue Carmen, cleaning and resealing transverse and longitudinal joints, and completing guard rail improvements, along with striping and other related work.
For more information on this and other DOTD projects, you can call the DOTD Public Information Office at 504.484.0210 or email Ms. Bambi Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Representative Garofalo can be reached by calling 504.277.4729 or emailing him at email@example.com