River Road work to make downtown pedestrian friendly
BATON ROUGE - Construction along River Road has been a hassle for many drivers, but the end result will be a more pedestrian friendly downtown area for the Capital City.
Construction has been ongoing downtown on the south side of Florida Boulevard along River Road as crews work to reduce the number of lanes from four lanes to three. It's all a part of the Baton Rouge master plan to create an urban environment that is more accessible to people who choose to walk or ride a bicycle to work.
"It's a great way to start the day off on the way to work," said Raymond Roebuck, who rides his bicycle to work everyday. "I think with the development, downtown things are going to continue to become more, more vibrant."
As development continues to grow downtown, more and more people will soon be making downtown their homes causing crews to make some adjustment. However, you could see some more construction as crews start to work on the other side of Florida, reducing the lanes all the way down to Phlox Avenue.
"It'll be more of a complete street," said Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District. "So, you have the vehicles and you also have room for additional things like bike paths and then crosswalks. They're really important."
Officials say construction north of Florida will begin in the spring of 2015 with construction on the south side wrapping up at the end of the year. Officials also say the project is owned by the state until completion when it will eventually be transferred to the city.