Ribbon Cutting ceremony Thursday for completion of southeast Baton Rouge construction project
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of one of the largest road construction projects in the history of East Baton Rouge Parish.
The ceremony for the Green Light Plan’s Southeast Area Group Project will be held Thursday, March 6, at 10:00a.m. at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church on 16166 South Harrell’s Ferry Road.
“The official opening up of both O’Neal Lane and South Harrell’s Ferry Road is a welcome sight for many, especially all the residents, businesses, and schools in the area that have patiently waited for this day to come,” said Holden.
“This is a project that was massive in size and complex in scope, and we are deeply appreciative of the community’s patience and willingness to work with us to get this job to the finish line,” Holden continued. “The end result of this critical investment in the infrastructure of southeast Baton Rouge involved a complete transformation of this area—one that provides motorists and pedestrians alike with safe, enhanced access across two of the most highly-utilized roadways in East Baton Rouge Parish.”
Barber Brothers of Baton Rouge completed the $30.5 million construction project, which consisted of three separate construction projects located in southeast Baton Rouge – South Harrell’s Ferry Road – Segment 2; O’Neal Lane – Segment 1; and O’Neal Lane Improvements – Embankment Phase.
The South Harrell’s Ferry Road – Segment 2 project included the addition of two through lanes, sidewalks, and a raised median. The project also included a new intersection at South Harrell’s Ferry Road and Jones Creek Road and a new drainage crossing and raised roadway at the Knox Branch crossing (between Jones Creek Road and O'Neal Lane).
The O’Neal Lane – Segment 1 project included the addition of two through lanes, sidewalks, and a raised median from just south of the O’Neal Lane at South Harrell’s Ferry Road intersection to just south of Interstate 12. The project also included key sewer system capacity upgrades along O’Neal Lane, coordinated in conjunction with the parish-wide Sanitary Sewer Overflow program.
The O’Neal Lane Improvements – Earthwork Phase project consisted of the clearing and grubbing and placement of embankment for crossings at Jones Creek and Knox Branch in preparation for roadway and bridge construction on the O’Neal Lane project from South Harrell’s Ferry Road to George O’Neal Road, scheduled to receive construction bids in the second quarter of 2014.