Lake Street Still Closed: 4 Years and Counting [VIDEO]
101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty talk about the current status of Shreveport's Lake Street between Spring and the Clyde Fant Parkway, the original two year plan to install crossing arms at the railroad tracks and why the original cost of $700,00 has ballooned to almost $2 million.
Here is McCarty's letter to Mayor Adrian Perkins and the members of the city council:
"I am a little frustrated to see Lake Street still closed after more than 4 years. I have included the link to the minutes from that October 2014 meeting which called for the closing. This was supposed to be a 2 year deal and cost 700,000 to put in crossing arms to restrict access to the tracks which would make it a "No Blow" zone. This was to benefit the Holiday Inn and get that brand back. This measure helped and Holiday Inn came back to town and put their name back on the hotel (they had left the facility). The agreement was for the city to pay 1/3 of the cost of the crossing arms. The hotel was also committed to paying a third.
I know many of you are new and not familiar with the history. So I thought I would send you this to help.
I've also included some pertinent comments from the minutes in case you don't want to read the massive document.
There is no doubt in my mind, Sci Port has been hurt by this closing.
Thanks for listening,