Public forum on roadwork in southeast EBR set for today
POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:34am
Baton Rouge, La — A public meeting will be held on Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. to update residents about several ongoing road projects in Metro Council District 9 represented by Councilman Joel Boé.
The meeting will be held at the St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church Fellowship Hall at 16166 South Harrell’s Ferry Road.
Topics of discussion include the ongoing Green Light Programs that affect O’Neal Lane, South Harrell’s Ferry Road and Millerville Road. There will also be an update on the status of the Woodlake Bridge closure.
Northbound and southbound left-turn movements from O’Neal Lane onto South Harrell’s Ferry Road have been restricted since July 16 as part of the next phase of a Green Light Plan project to widen the roadway. Plans call for the restrictions of left-turn movement to remain in place for an anticipated duration of six months, weather permitting.
The left-turn restrictions are necessary in order for crews to widen the intersection at O’Neal Lane and South Harrell’s Ferry Road as part of the work on this phase of construction on the Southeast Area Group project.
Work began in September 2009 on the Southeast Area Group Project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of the City-Parish to reach the groundbreaking stage. The project consists of the three separate projects located in southeast Baton Rouge: South Harrell’s Ferry Road – Segment 2, O’Neal Lane (LA 3245) Improvements – Segment 1, and O’Neal Lane Improvements – Earthwork Phase.
When complete, the South Harrell’s Ferry Road – Segment 2 project will add two additional through lanes, sidewalks, and a raised median from a point west of the Millerville Intersection to a point east of the O’Neal Lane Intersection, including a new intersection with Jones Creek Road. The project will require a new drainage crossing and raised roadway at the Knox Branch crossing (between Jones Creek Road and O'Neal Lane). When combined with other projects included in the Green Light Plan, it will provide an improved east-west connection for the area, as well as an improved north-south connection between Jones Creek Road and Interstate 12.
Additionally, the O’Neal Lane – Segment 1 project will add two additional through lanes, sidewalks and a raised median from a point south of the South Harrell's Ferry Road Intersection to 1,250 feet south of Interstate 12. Along with other projects included in the Green Light Plan, this project will provide the City-Parish with an improved north-south connection extending from Nicholson Drive to Hooper Road.
The O’Neal Lane Improvements – Earthwork Phase project consists of the clearing and grubbing and placement of embankment for the Jones Creek and Knox Branch crossings in preparation for roadway and bridge construction on the O’Neal Lane – Segment 2 project.