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Individuals excused from 3132 lawsuit

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Shreveport's mayor and a couple of key transportation figures have been individually excused from a lawsuit involving the extension of state Highway 3132 in south Shreveport.

Excused Tuesday from a lawsuit brought by Willis-Knighton Health Systems and the Finish 3132 Coalition were Mayor Cedric Glover, city engineer Ron Norwood and Kent Rogers, executive director of the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments. NLCOG is the regional transportation coordinator for projects involving federal funds.

The developer at the center of the 3132 controversy, Tim Larkin, also seeks to be dismissed as a defendant, but Caddo District Judge Leon Emanuel won't make a ruling until Aug. 8. 

The state Department of Transportation and Development was turned down on its claim that Caddo District Court was an improper venue for the case.  

A legal fight has been under way to block Larkin from developing his upscale Esplanade residential development until a corridor has been selected for possible 3132 extension. Esplanade crowds potential corridors that would extend 3132 south of Flournoy-Lucas Road toward the Port of Caddo-Bossier.

Plaintiffs also have sought to block Larkin's access road to Flournoy-Lucas Road, in part because of safety concerns on that state highway. Willis-Knighton, which has a major senior residential development nearby, has been concerned that failure to extend 3132 could increase traffic on Flournoy-Lucas. It has also objected to at least one potential corridor that would crowd its 312-acre senior center, The Oaks of Louisiana.

 

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