Construction is underway for the new Magnolia School of Excellence in Shreveport. But developers say, they're concerned about an overflow of traffic in the area.
Jeff Everson is a Shreveport City Council member. He said, "Right now that access road works fine, but right now that access road doesn't have very much traffic on it at all." That's why city council members are taking a closer look at the piece of land being developed off Clyde Fant Parkway and Stoner Avenue. In a recent council meeting, members were alerted to a possible issue with an area of land that developers are building on. Everson said, "The legislation originally looked like a procedural thing but upon further review we found that it was asking us to abandon a roadway that hadn't been built, it's not there now, but it was originally planned for when that roadway was developed." But construction is already underway in the area on the new charter school, apartments and a place for businesses. Now council members want to review the process to make sure there's enough roadways to accommodate the all the new traffic. "The last thing i want to see is an empty charter school in 10 years. I want all of those developments to be a success," Everson continued.
Robert Westerman is a Shreveport City Engineer. He says there's no reason for concern. "With the type of development they're proposing there now, currently the traffic doesn't seem to be a problem." Engineers say the area of land in question was taken back in foreclosure years ago and is fair game. "The city may not have any right of way as a result of that foreclosure."
U.L.Coleman, one of the developers looking to build in the area has commissioned a traffic study to see how their new apartments, the school and the riverscape development would affect traffic in the area. Coleman is concerned whether current roadways will be able to handle the influx of traffic.