Staring Lane to close between Highland Road and Kingcrest Parkway
POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:46am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) —
UPDATE: The previously scheduled to close March 24 to April 15, the revised plans call for the closure to take effect Monday, April 9 at midnight and for workers to reopen the roadway to the traveling public on or before Monday, April 30 at midnight, weather permitting.
ORIGINAL STORY: Beginning Saturday, March 24 at midnight, workers plan to close a segment of Staring Lane between Highland Road and Kingcrest Parkway for three weeks as part of a Green Light Plan project to widen the roadway.
This closure is necessary to install and test new sewer pipeline along Staring Lane between Highland Road and Kingcrest Parkway as part of the roadway construction project, which also includes substantial sewer system upgrades as part of the parish-wide Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) program. Plans call for workers to reopen the roadway to the traveling public on or before Sunday, April 15 at midnight, weather permitting.
Motorists should plan to use Highland Road, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Kenilworth Parkway, and Perkins Road as primary detours during the three-week closure (see attached detour map). Access to the closed segment of Staring Lane between Highland Road and Kingcrest Parkway will be limited to local traffic and residential service providers (for more information, see attached “Residential Access Information” bulletin). Highland Road will remain open to the traveling public throughout the closure period.
Message signs warning of the closure will be posted on both Highland Road and Staring Lane approaching the closure area, and motorists should exercise extreme caution when traveling in the vicinity. Travel times may be affected, and motorists are encouraged to factor in potential delays when using detour routes during the closure period. Motorists should follow posted detour signs as well as detour routes provided in this advisory.
Work began last January to widen Staring Lane as part of the Green Light Plan to relieve congestion on major traffic arteries in East Baton Rouge Parish. When complete, the Staring Lane project will connect with the completed Staring Lane Extension construction project to provide a four-lane north-south route from Interstate 10/Essen Lane directly to Burbank Drive. Project improvements include a widened four-lane roadway with a raised, grass median from Perkins Road to Highland Road, 6-foot sidewalks on both sides of the roadway for improved pedestrian access, new traffic signal equipment, and enhanced intersection access along Staring Lane. The project also includes more than two miles of sanitary sewer force main pipe installations included as part of the City-Parish Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program.