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Mayor to announce Government Street improvements Wednesday

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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 10:39 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Mar 19, 2014 6:20 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: government street, traffic, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, the mayor is expected to announce improvements to the busy Mid City artery of Government Street.

The highway was recently taken from the control of the state and passed to the city and its Department of Public Works. Government Street will make up a total of eleven miles of formerly state highway that is now managed by East Baton Rouge Parish crews, hopefully to streamline repairs.

Neighborhood groups like Better Block Baton Rouge have pushed to make the street more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly. Planners have considered removing two travel lanes and creating one in each direction with a center turn lane.

Last year, the street was temporarily turned into a "dream design" for a weekend where potted bushes, fake curbs, and bike lanes were added to a small stretch of the street to show people a real-life example of what was desired.

Mayor Kip Holden will announce changes to the street at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn of Baton Rouge High School.

Also taken over from the state recently were parts of Nicholson Drive and River Road.
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