Glen Oaks residents say new bridge is long overdue
BATON ROUGE - Residents in the Glen Oaks area are upset about a bridge not being reopened. The Blue Grass Bridge on the corner of Blue Grass road and Sumrall road has been closed for more than a year.
Residents have signed petitions and have held meetings with several city leaders with hopes to turn things around. Finally plans are in the works to build a new one.
The Department of Public Works declared the bridge the worst in Baton Rouge city limits. It was closed in February of 2010.
In June, Mayor Kip Holden set aside $610,000 to replace the bridge and still work has not begun.
Residents said things started to come into place after they met with the independent citizen's organization, Together Baton Rouge.
The residents now plan to attend the Metro Council meeting on Wednesday, March 24th to seek a commitment from city leaders to rebuild and reopen the Blue Grass Bridge.
DPW Chief Engineer, Jim Ferguson said work has not begun on the bridge because it typically takes anywhere from a year to two years.
In the meantime residents in the neighborhood have to take a detour that's very inconvenient for them.
According to DPW the project is scheduled to go to bid this Friday. Construction is set to start in late June.