SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - For several years now, dodging potholes, bumps, and cracks in the road has been a daily frustration for some Ingleside residents.
Neighbors say they’re tired of the roads and they’re worried about damage to their vehicles.
“If you had to drive this road every day, you wouldn’t like it either,” Violet Maxie said over the phone.
She added she gets nervous driving on her own street to get to and from home.
“I’m scared to drive my car over [the hump at the end of the driveway] because I’m scared I’m going to tear up the oil pan or something like that,” she said.
Henry Hunter, another resident, says he has been living on Tulane Avenue for decades and never before has seen it in such bad condition.
“If they lived on this street, I think they’d be raising hell also. They wouldn’t want to drive up this road day in and day out,” he said.
Shreveport Councilwoman LeVette Fuller says zoning is the main contributor to these road issues. A trucking company hauls tons of weight over Tulane Avenue every day, causing the asphalt roadway to crack under the pressure.
According to Fuller, it was zoned that way decades ago.
“Ideally, you would never put an industrial zone next to a residential one,” she said.
Because the zoning was already laid out that way, residents were not notified of the new company coming in.
“In this case, the use was already attached to this property when this company came in,” Fuller said. “Maybe the company that was there before, they were quieter, didn’t have the trucks out on the street in such a way, but with this new business coming in, all of these things come to light.”
The tattered road will continue to be an issue unless the city can find money in its budget to get it repaired, she added.
“It’s going to be about us having enough money in our budget to do a critical overhaul of that street,” Fuller said.
In 2020, Fuller did a Facebook live from the street, trying to bring attention to the tattered road.
It would be a complicated process to rezone the industrial area.
“The company has a right to operate as it’s operating because that’s the property they bought and the zoning that was already there,” Fuller said. “The company would have to close business, empty out the space, and then there would have to be a petition to change the zoning.”
Currently, the city sends out crews to repair patches at a time. However, Fuller acknowledged that Tulane Avenue, like many Shreveport streets, needs an entirely new road.