by Elliott Stonecipher

U. S. District Court Judge Donald E. Walter this afternoon issued a Temporary Restraining Order prohibiting and enjoining developer Tim Larkin, his companies and his subcontractors from any further construction of the Esplanade subdivision roadway in Shreveport. 

The roadway in question is being built between Larkin’s Bayou Pierre bridge and Flournoy-Lucas Road, and was begun this week in spite of actions taken by various government agencies to block it.  Larkin has been supported throughout the history of the project by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, the Shreveport city engineer, the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG), the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LDOTD), and others.

Willis-Knighton Health System and the Finish 3132 Coalition filed suit earlier this week in U. S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport (LA) Division, seeking the restraining order, a preliminary injunction and a trial on the merits of their case to protect the likely future route of the extension of LA Hwy. 3132 to the Port of Caddo-Bossier.

The first action in the lawsuit was today’s 3:00 PM status conference before Judge Walter which lasted less than a half-hour.  Judge Walter granted the restraining order, set a date for the hearing on the related preliminary injunction, and set a January 2013 trial date.

Elliott Stonecipher
Finish 3132 Coalition, LLC

Elliott Stonecipher’s reports, essays and commentaries are written strictly in the public interest.  No compensation of any kind has been solicited or accepted for this work.  This work is protected, and no other use of it is permitted without the written consent of Mr. Stonecipher.