POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Staring Lane between Highland Road and Kingcrest Parkway is open today. The section of road was closed to non-local traffic for three weeks in order for crews to install and test new sewer pipeline as part of a Green Light Plan project to widen the roadway.
Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden thanked Baton Rouge residents for their patience and support and commended Green Light Plan and Sanitary Sewer Overflow program construction crews for their hard work throughout the closure period in completing the work on schedule.
“What we saw during this closure period was nothing short of a team effort from all of those involved, and I want to thank all the local businesses, nearby residents, and members of the traveling public for their patience over the past three weeks,” Mayor Holden said. “From our Green Light Plan and Sanitary Sewer Overflow program teams, to the contractors and their construction crews, to our very own Department of Public Works staff, many people came together to complete the necessary work during this closure – work that involved a set of complex tasks made possible by the team’s coordinated approach to getting this work done, allowing us to continue moving toward the overall completion of this project.”
Green Light Plan officials also confirmed the Staring Lane project remains on schedule for completion in the fall of 2013, and provided the following information as a status update for the remaining work to be performed as part of the project.
Staring Lane – Highland Road to Chandler Drive
As part of the recent closure of Staring Lane between Highland Road and Kingcrest Parkway, construction crews have installed the majority of a new large diameter sewer force main along this stretch of roadway. Any additional work required to complete the sewer installation will be conducted while maintaining full access to the roadway aside from potential intermittent lane closures. Once the new sewer force main is in place, construction is set to begin in May on storm drainage between Highland Road and Chandler Drive. Upon completion of construction related to storm drainage installation, crews will immediately begin work on the stone base and concrete pavement for the new outside lanes of Staring Lane from Highland Road to Chandler Drive. During this time, traffic will remain in place on the existing lanes.
The current project schedule calls for traffic to move to the new outside lanes from Highland Road to Chandler Drive in late 2012. After traffic moves to the new outside lanes along this segment of Staring Lane, crews will remove the pavement along the existing lanes, install new 60-inch and 36-inch sewer force mains, and construct both the new inside lanes and medians. Traffic will remain on the outside lanes along this segment of Staring Lane, from Highland Road to Chandler Drive, until the completion of the Staring Lane project.
Staring Lane – Chandler Drive to Perkins Road
Construction crews have successfully installed drainage along the northbound lanes (Chandler Drive toward Perkins Road) and construction of the new northbound bridge crossing Ward's Creek is now complete. Additionally, crews have also installed new 60-inch and 36-inch sewer force mains that run along Staring Lane from Ward's Creek to Avis Avenue. Crews will begin installation of stone base and concrete paving along the new northbound lanes in May with work on this segment set to begin near Chandler Drive and progress north in the direction of Perkins Road. Green Light Plan officials estimate completion of the new northbound lanes from Chandler Drive to Perkins Road will occur in the summer of 2012, at which point traffic will move from the existing pavement to the new northbound traffic lanes. Plans then call for crews to remove the pavement along the existing traffic lanes, construct the new sewer force mains, construct the new southbound Ward's Creek Bridge, complete all subsurface drainage work, and install new concrete pavement for the southbound lanes. Traffic will remain on the new northbound lanes from Chandler Drive to Perkins Road until the completion of the overall Staring Lane project.
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, six-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 Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program.