Baton Rouge neighborhood opposes I-10 widening
BATON ROUGE - Businesses and residents near Perkins Road say they oppose state officials' plans to widen Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge.
"It will devastate the area," said owner of Troy's Barber Shop Troy Menier. The business has been open since 1969.
Roughly a decade ago, state leaders proposed a $200 million plan to widen I-10 from the foot of the Mississippi River Bridge to Essen Lane.
But the proposal died amid heavy criticism, and much of it came from the Perkins Road overpass vicinity.
Sherri LeBas, secretary of the state Department of Transportation and Development, announced on Nov. 10 that the state plans to seek public input on finding ways to improve traffic along the four-mile corridor. Public hearings could begin in March.
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