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Development to continue in possible LA 3132 path

Three hours: that's how long it took Shreveport City Council to hear one issue at the meeting today.

Three hours: that's how long it took Shreveport City Council to hear one issue at the meeting today.

Developer and Bossier City Councilman Timothy Larkin made his plea to Shreveport City Council members on Tuesday, to continue building in the Esplanade subdivision in south Caddo Parish.

Larkin was denied by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, mainly because that area could be the site of another LA 3132 extension.

"Stopping the development doesn't do anybody any good,” says Larkin. “What we need to do is stop the lawsuits and get back to work."

City council granted his appeal, with some changes.

Larkin would have to leave out some lots that sit in the way of the possible route.

But those with the Finish 3132 Coalition believe he shouldn't continue building at all.

"We believe what Mr. Larkin is building is in the route,” says Elliot Stonecipher. “We believe it will effectively kill the highway."

Stonecipher and neighbors in Esplanade and Twelve Oaks communities say an extension is desperately needed to relieve traffic in south Caddo Parish.

"We are the ones who have done three years of research on the highway itself, which goes back to 1956 in its planning stages,” says Stonecipher. “We want to preserve the highway all the way to the port at Caddo/Bossier.

Richard Descoteaux, with Ternium USA, came to the Port of Caddo/Bossier nine years ago, and he's worried about highway traffic for his truck drivers and employees if the extension doesn't happen.

"Somebody is going to get killed, make no mistake, and I'm trying to prevent it from being one of my employees," says Descoteaux.

There is also a federal lawsuit filed by the Finish 3132 Coalition to continue LA 3132, so this discussion is far from over.

NBC 6 will keep you posted on any developments.

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