Mayor Holden announces Government Street Redesign
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Government will soon be getting a makeover between 1-110 and Lobdell Avenue.
The roadway will go from four lanes down to three. The center lane will be a continuous two-way left turn lane. There will also be a dedicated bicycle lane.
The project is the result of an agreement reached between the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Metro Council. Cost estimates range from $6 to $8 million.
“I’ve always believed if there are problems with traffic flow or safety, the public doesn’t care if it’s a state or local road – they just want it fixed,” Holden said.
According to Holden, the State agreed to provide the funding for construction and 40 years of maintenance.
“I can’t think of a better place to start than with a road I believe will make a major difference in revitalizing Mid-City as envisioned in our FUTUREBR master plan,” Holden said.
According to state crash reports, about 270 crashes happen on Government Street each year between the interstate and Jefferson Highway, most accidents being rear end or left turn crashes and side swipes. Holden said he expects the redesign will greatly reduce these crashes much like similar designs have done in other cities around the country.
Holden said construction will start by the end of 2014 or early 2015, and the redesign should be completed by the end of 2015.