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Business owners in Broussard seek answers about 6-month road closure

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Scott Babin works at Mike's Marine and RV along u-s 90 in Broussard. Babin says since construction began last August along a southbound stretch of Main Street his business has suffered.

"It's a quarter mile stretch of road. You've got eight business along this road and we're all feeling it," said Babin. "It's hurting us."

Babin says Mike's Marine has seen a fifty-percent drop in showroom sales while Main Street has been under construction. And he doesn't understand what's being done to the road. And more so, why no one is working on it.

"What I want them to understand is that Main Street, Broussard is a pretty big fish for Mike's Marine. I mean this is our livelihood. this is how we put food on the table for our kids."

Bill Oliver is an administrator for the Department of Transportation in Broussard. He says Main Street is just one part of the larger 57-million dollar Albertson Parkway project.

"There may be no work being done on that little piece of roadway but there is work being done on the project," Oliver said. "It's the designer and contractor who determines how those traffic patterns are being made. The department does not dictate how they build the project."

Primoris Services Corporation is the design team contracted for the construction. KATC reached out to the firm to see why the road closure is taking so long to fix but did not hear back as of news time.

However, Oliver received an email from the site's project manager just as our interview concluded with him stating construction is expected to be completed along Main Street in 4-6 weeks. 

It's an answer Babin was looking to get but not the main one he wanted to hear. "I can see if we were expanding the road if we were moving the road, if we were raising the road -- we're not doing anything," Babin said. "We're just redoing this road. And I guess the answer we really want is why would you tear up roads in front of a business and then just walk away?"

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