Portion of Shreveport road driving residents' frustration
A concrete slab on a patch of road near Ford Street and Hearne Avenue is a source of frustration to area residents.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A portion of particularly rough road in one corner of Shreveport has been causing a miles of worries for neighborhood residents.
Cracks in a raised concrete panel at the intersection of Hearne Avenue and Ford Street is rattling some cars out of alignment.
"It's a big steep drop right there on the corner of Ford and Hearne," said Lionel George, who drives through the area daily. "It has a tendency to knock your cars out of line and stuff like that."
Weather conditions have caused wear and tear on the panel, said Susan Stafford of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. "Our maintenance crews are aware of that and actually have the scheduled to go out and grind that bump."
But George says the cars going over the concrete slab have taken a beating for quite a while. "I know they're trying to do the best that they can, but this problem has been over a year, and it's getting worse and worse."
Concrete is sensitive to hot and cold weather conditions, Stafford said. At any given time, there are more than 30 crews working on spots like this one in Caddo Parish, which means 30 crews must cover more than 500 miles of roadways.
"It's a full-time job and they're always actively busy trying to monitor those road conditions and trying to ensure we have safe and nice, easy roadways," said Stafford.
The rough patch on Hearne and Ford should be fixed in the next few weeks.
"If one of these big stones be coming out of the road and at night you don't know that it's there, you could tear up your car or knock something loose on the bottom of your car," George said, adding that there are large chunks of concrete on the road by the potholes. "They should, instead of patching the roads, fix the roads."
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development encourages residents to report rough roads. Call 877-452-3683 to lodge a complaint.