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A Big Zer0 - Public Information Meeting Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

August 02, 2012

The public information meeting to reveal results of the "Stage Zero" feasibility study about the potential extension of Louisiana Highway 3132 was a low-key affair.

Representatives from Buchart-Horn, the engineering/design firm tasked with conducting the study, answered questions from interested citizens in a series of small-group discussions. Also milling around the ballroom at LSU-Shreveport's University Center was an array of public officials. Several members of the Shreveport City Council were present, as was the mayor of Shreveport, members of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, a state senator, and members and staffers from NLCOG (The Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments).

The format was met with displeasure by some in attendance, who were hoping for an opportunity to ask questions and/ or make formal presentations. Elliott Stonecipher, principal spokesperson for The Finish 3132 Coalition, was disappointed to say the least, saying "I honestly didn't think questions from the public could be completely extinguished by the NLCOG, but they have and they did."

Some attendees anticipated a few fireworks, given the protracted and often emotional debate over the decision making process regarding the highway's extension; but the format resembled more of an art viewing or a cocktail party rather than a meeting.

Jacob Loeke of Buchart Horn said this was not the appropriate time for a hearing, that this was designed to be "an informational gathering." He said the written comments submitted by many in attendance will be read, and a public hearing such as many were hoping for on this occasion would be planned soon, "maybe in a couple of months."

More than 180 people signed in at the first of five stations in the LSUS Ballroom. There, those in attendance received a guide to the rest of the stations.

Residents from neighborhoods near the current terminus of 3132 at East Flournoy Lucas Road, such as Twelve Oaks and Acadiana Place, were seen examining the displays. Nearby homeowners from along Ellerbe and Railsback Roads were also circulating, as was Tim Larkin, who is developing a new neighborhood, Esplanade. This development is in the bullseye of the ongoing controversy because some of the land planned for it lies directly in the path of at least two of the routes illustrated in the Stage Zero displays.

At Station two were art boards set up with the proposed extension routes for LA 3132 – A, B1, B2 and C.

Station three consisted of traffic exhibits both a.m. and p.m. hours, while station four displayed the expected land use for the different routes.

Station five was where the public could fill out comment forms about the project.

Also at station four was an informational display board which showed the expected cost and land use in acres for each of the proposed routes. Based on the breakdown, Route A, which was the route that garnered the most support at the previous public meeting, would be the least expensive route to build and use the least amount of acreage. To view the information, including the anticipated costs and land use, click on the following link: 

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