Highway 3132 extension controversy boils over

Highway 3132 extension controversy boils over
Published: Apr. 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - What all began as a simple highway extension has slowly and steadily turned into a political and now legal battle - that's taken a very confrontational tone.

The controversy all began last year when Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover stopped the completion of the Highway 3132 extension. The extension would have prevented a stream of 18-wheelers from having to use Flournoy Lucas Road.

Glover says this issue is about economic development to help bring in good homes.

Finish 3132 Coalition Spokesperson Elliot Stonecipher says the demands of rich homeowners and developers have hijacked the project by trying to change the route of the final leg of Highway 3132. Stonecipher says they don't want it to run between the 12 oaks and Esplanade subdivisions. Stonecipher says changing the route means relegating at least part of Flournoy Lucas into a dangerous strip of road and a potential death trap. The coalition is calling Glover a liar for allegedly withholding emails in the legal battle. "So you have both the mayor and NLCOG not producing documents that are specifically requested by the DOT and title, if you will, of the public records A," says Stonecipher.

Glover says the city asked for and received an extension from Caddo court until April 26th. Glover says they will bring in any other emails they can find in their computer system that concern the Highway 3132 extension.

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