Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:48 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Apr 18, 2014 6:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - A cemetery and two businesses may be removed for a Department of Works plan to build a connector between Highland Road and Burbank Drive.
The city wants to extend Kenilworth Parkway to Burbank to ease congestion.
But gravesites, an Ace Hardware Store and Country Day School of Baton Rouge would have to be cleared to make the project work.
"Kenilworth was always our first choice," DPW's David Guillory said.
Guillory feels a Kenilworth route is best because it would connect Burbank all the way to Perkins Road.
"Having commercial businesses and things like that in the way are something we deal with pretty regularly when you're creating a new road," Guillory said.
DPW has contacted the businesses, he said.
But Ace Hardware Store owner, Grant Giesler, told News 2 he has no plans to sell.
"It's my livelihood," he said.
DPW is weighing its options to see if a connector just down Highland Road at Seyburn Drive is more feasible.
"That one cold work as well. I don't think quite as well as the Kenilworth option," Guillory said. "But it would accomplish the same goal of getting people from Highland down to Burbank."
Approval for the feasibility study will go in front of the Metro Council next week.
The study is expected to take six months.
If the Kenilworth option is taken, the cemetery will have to move as well, which means graves would be relocated, according to Guillory.