Residents look for Green Light construction answers

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:06pm

Six years later and construction is still underway. A familiar sign to Baton Rouge drivers, weaving through orange reflectors that signal the Green Light project remains a go. Monday night, Mayor Kip Holden held another open meeting, looking for residents to point out issues his office may not have been aware of.

"On some we found out work contractors were slow," Holden said. "Others work was done and they left unsafe conditions."

Winbourne Avenue serves as a major thoroughfare in north Baton Rouge, but now it's much more congested, reduced from four lanes down to two. Especially after church services on a Sunday. Living Faith Christian Center lets out right where a sewer project is underway, causing traffic headaches for a congregation that can number in the thousands. They sent their community outreach organizer to find out when the work will finally be done.

"Just concerned about the timeliness as well as the community," said Perry Musgrow, with Living Faith.

The meeting was just one in a series of open events, encouraging residents to let officials know what issues they face. The work is being done by private contractors, who don't always consider resident needs and concerns when they work.

"Some of them not notifying people properly before closing off driveways or businesses," said Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle.

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