Ashley Street safe from traffic

Ashley Street residents have been reassured that a proposed I-20 service road in Rayville won’t bring heavy traffic and noise into their neighborhood.

Residents Charles Germany and Zeke Ramsey let a group of about two dozen residents who meet with the Richland Parish Police Jury Monday night to protest plans to open up the dead end on Ashley Street and extend it into a service road to Rayville’s industrial park.

“This idea has been talked about for 10 years and residents have always been promised Ashley Street would remain a dead end,” Germany said.

Lately, however, residents say they have seen plans calling for the service road to cut Ashley Street.

“That has never been our plan,” S.E. Huey engineer Don Arrington said. “It has always been our intent for Ashley Street to remain a dead end.”

Residents reiterated their claims that the quiet, residential neighborhood doesn’t need more traffic and noise and that the road itself will not hold up to heavy traffic.

Police Jury attorney David Doughty pointed out that the parish owns the part of the road residents feared the Town of Rayville would route the service road through didn’t belong to the town.

“It’s a parish road and only the police jury has the authority to decide whether the service road can cut it,” Doughty pointed out.

Residents also asked for a sound barrier to be built at the dead end in order to stop noise from the service road from penetrating their neighborhood.

In the end, the police jury passed a resolution making it a requirement to keep the street a dead end and to require the requested sound barrier when it becomes necessary.

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