Jerry Cormick works in Kenner, just feet away from Loyola Drive’s first diverging diamond interchange in the state of Louisiana.
He stated that while he believes it reduces airport traffic, it is a nuisance for those working or shopping at adjacent businesses.
“I think it’s kind of dangerous because you have cars coming at you in two different directions, and even for myself, I can’t drive into the parking lot because there’s another car and lane that’s blocking it, so it’s very confusing.” A chauffeur, Cormick, said.
When turning onto Loyola Drive from 30th Street, there are two lanes to the left, which is the route Cormick takes from LaPlace. Due to the additional lane with opposing traffic, he cannot turn into his workplace’s parking lot.
Instead, he must travel a few blocks until he can turn around.
“Everyone doesn’t know that there is a back way to get in the lot, but all of my customers all know that, so they actually going to pass a lot up and at that point, they probably won’t come back,” Cormick stated.
This is intended to eliminate the need for vehicles to turn left and cross oncoming traffic to access the interstate, according to DOTD’s Daniel Gitlin, and it will take drivers some time to adjust.
“Safety for drivers is knowing exactly where they’re going, and that’s what drivers demand, and drivers will get more upset if the lines in the street start to fade than almost anything else,” Daniel Gitlin, Public Information Officer for DOTD New Orleans.
The construction of additional signs and a new walkway is anticipated to be completed in the first half of next year, per the DOTD. However, this will not impede traffic flow.
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