The LA 3132 extension is remains a hot topic for many in Shreveport. Thursday, officials held the Stage Zero Public Information Meeting. It's a way for citizens to express their problems or suggestions about extension plans. Dozens of Shreveporters showed at the LSUS Ballroom to see the extension's plans. Several aren't happy with the plans or the meeting format. Melba Shaw says she wishes the road wouldn't be built because all plans bring a road through her property.
Others had problems with the meeting format and questions about the plans, but say they can't get them answered.
"I think that the City of Shreveport has a pattern," Diane Long said. "I think its pretty obvious to everyone who has come here today."
Though some public figures, like Mayor Glover, were present for discussion, Long and others feel the meeting lacked proper transparency.
"They have a lot of information, but you know, you need to have someone here to explain it," Long said. "We were expecting, I was expecting, a meeting of some kind, you know, with an explanation of they intend to do."
Elliot Stonecipher with the 3132 Coalition agrees with Long and says this meeting wasn't what was expected. Kent Rogers with NLCOG says Stage Zero planning doesn't require a question and answer meeting. He says that will come with Stage One. There will be a total of 7 stages during the extension. Rogers says if all goes to plan, he expects construction to begin with the next ten years.