Posted: Jul 8, 2014 12:09 PM by Russell Jones, Tyler Waggenspack
Updated: Jul 9, 2014 6:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - City leaders in Baton Rouge officially announced the completion of the Staring Lane widening project Tuesday.
Combined with the previously-completed $15 million Staring Lane Extension, the $27.8 million project created a four-lane highway with improvements from Perkins Road over to Burbank Drive.
Crews also added six-foot sidewalk extensions on both sides of the highway, a raised grass median, signals and increased access points. The old Dawson Creek Bridge was also replaced with two new bridges, and city leaders said needed sewage improvements were completed during the construction as well.
"Staring Lane is one of the busiest roadways in East Baton Rouge Parish and has been in desperate need of capacity improvements for many years," Mayor Holden said. "The end result is a wider, safer and greatly improved Staring Lane that will serve the citizens of Baton Rouge for many years to come."
Holden scheduled a ribbon cutting for 10:00 a.m. this morning to celebrate the project's completion.