POSTED: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 10:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 4:56pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – Reconstruction is set to begin on the Blue Grass Bridge.
The main path into and out of the area has been closed since February of last year. Residents say, not only do they feel isolated because of the bridge, it has been a hazard for emergency crews trying to get to Glen Oaks, “After they closed the bridge for about 30 minutes they were all around the neighborhood trying to get in but nobody could get in.”
The bridge is still closed, despite the fact that the Metro Council allocated more than 600 thousand dollars to fix the bridge back in June of 2010.
Tonight the residents of Glen Oaks earned a victory. The Metro Council officially announced that reconstruction on the bridge is beginning. Starting on Friday the bidding process on the bridge will begin. The contract for the bridge will be then be awarded no later than May 11th. Construction is then set to begin the last week of June with the bridge expected to reopen no later than early Novemer.
While residents are happy that bridge reconstruction is finally underway, they say they are frustrated that it has taken so long to get this process going. Resident Dorothy Thomas says it all would not have been possible without the help of a local community group, “We couldn’t get anything done without Together Baton Rouge.”