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  • You'll want to avoid College Dr. because of lane closures Thursday

    May 3, 2016 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Work on the city's sewer system will likely cause heavy delays on College Drive since southbound lanes will be closed and northbound lanes will be shifted later this week. A stretch of College near Webb Park will be closed for twelve hours Thursday. Southbound lanes will... more »
  • Request to spend more on pump stations not unusual, officials say

    April 27, 2016 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite asking city leaders to approve a four-percent increase in cost and nearly a year of additional work, engineers of the city's $1.2 billion sewer upgrade say the project is on budget and on time. Wednesday, the SSO asked the Metro Council to approve spending $859,659... more »
  • Amid cash crunch, Edwards slows community college buildings

    April 18, 2016 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A building boom planned to expand and improve Louisiana's community college campuses is being put on hold by Gov. John Bel Edwards, amid a tightening of state construction spending. More than half the projects on the $280 million list for the Louisiana Community and Technical College... more »
  • US homebuilder sentiment held steady in April

    April 18, 2016 9:54 AM

    U.S. homebuilders' confidence held steady in April, reflecting an overall optimistic outlook in the market for new homes even as a gauge of current sales fell slightly. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday was unchanged at 58. It hasn't budged in three months.... more »
  • Inquiry set after hospital construction collapse injures 9

    April 9, 2016 3:03 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Federal officials are investigating a construction site collapse at a hospital that left nine workers with minor injuries. Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton tells KTBS-TV that concrete being poured for an expansion of the Willis-Knighton Medical Center North collapsed when scaffolding and supports gave way Friday morning. Workers... more »
  • Ascension Council passes new impact fee unanimously

    April 7, 2016 7:52 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Soon it will be more expensive to buy a home in Ascension Parish. Wednesday evening, the Ascension Parish Council unanimously voted to add an "impact fee" to the cost of buying a home in the parish. This extra money, will go towards maintaining roads in the... more »
  • Major expansion at Walker High moving forward Play Video

    April 4, 2016 5:28 PM

    WALKER - A major expansion is coming to Walker High School in Livingston Parish as the project is set to go out for bids this week. The $20 million project will add more than 30 new classrooms along with career and technology classrooms, a new band room, a new... more »
  • Survey: US companies added strong 200,000 jobs in March

    March 30, 2016 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added a solid 200,000 jobs in March, buoyed by strong gains in construction, retail and shipping, according to a private survey. Payroll processor ADP says that financial services firms also posted solid gains, while manufacturing employment barely rose. The figures suggest the U.S. economy is continuing... more »
  • Contractor's mishap means more construction on west side Play Video

    March 29, 2016 5:10 PM

    ERWINVILLE - A contractor will pay for mistakes made after imperfections were found along Highway 413 that runs through West Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee Parishes. Driving down Highway 413, you may notice hundreds of white circles from Department of Transportation and Development inspectors marking the imperfections. Coastal Bridge Company... more »
  • Livingston Parish releases priority road list Play Video

    March 25, 2016 11:32 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Work on the next batch of roads is expected to begin within the next month after the Livingston Parish Council approved the priority road list Thursday. It's easy to see why Jack Allen Road in French Settlement tops the list as the parish's worst road. Some residents, like... more »
  • Developers want to build 18-story apartment overlooking LSU's Old Front Nine

    March 22, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Developers are proposing an 18-story apartment complex south of LSU. The off-campus development would have about 455 units and sit on nearly five-and-a-half acres at the intersection of Nicholson and Burbank. The development, called Summit at Southgate, would be built behind the already existing Southgate Towers... more »
  • Gov. Edwards wants more construction money on roads, maintenance

    March 16, 2016 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to rework Louisiana's construction budget. The governor says he will steer more dollars to roadwork and repairs of existing state buildings. He says his administration is going to drop some of the smaller, local projects favored by state lawmakers for their districts.... more »
  • Police: Man arrested after parking truck in middle of I-12

    March 16, 2016 12:49 AM

    LIVINGSTON - A trucker was arrested after police say he parked his truck in the middle of I-12 East near a construction zone in Livingston Tuesday night. Louisiana State Troopers and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the call. A News 2 crew was on scene when the... more »
  • Livingston Parish replacing more bridges Play Video

    March 7, 2016 5:34 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Another batch of bridges will be replaced in Livingston Parish as the state battles its deteriorating bridge problem. Livingston Parish has a total of 259 bridges, and around a dozen are deemed structurally deficient. Livingston Parish ranks among the best parishes when it comes to structurally sound bridges.... more »
  • Busy Walker road getting new pavement Play Video

    March 4, 2016 5:21 PM

    WALKER - Work began Thursday to improve Burgess Avenue before the state transfers ownership of the road over to the city of Walker. The Department of Transportation and Development will improve drainage and overlay Burgess Avenue from Highway 447 to West Colyell Creek. When the work is completed in May,... more »
  • West Baton Rouge meeting on I-10 rescheduled for March

    February 25, 2016 2:03 PM

    ADDIS - State officials rescheduled a meeting about improvements to I-10 after it was canceled due to severe weather earlier this week. Engineers will discuss with the community plans and ideas on how to deal with traffic on the congested interstate between La. 415 and the I-10/I-12 Split. The... more »
  • Inmates moved out of jail during HVAC work

    February 22, 2016 12:25 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Inmates at the Iberville Parish jail were moved to various other facilities while crews upgrade the prison's HVAC system. Sunday, 91 men at the jail were moved to the correctional center in La Salle and eight women were moved to Avoyelles Parish. New bookings will be done... more »
  • OLOL breaks ground on freestanding children's hospital

    February 18, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge broke ground on a new children’s hospital Thursday. The new freestanding OLOL Children’s hospital will be built on 66 acres near Essen and Bluebonnet near the main OLOL campus in Baton Rouge. The new 350,000... more »
  • Crews beginning work on LA-447, I-12 interchange in Livingston Parish

    February 15, 2016 8:31 AM

    WALKER- Residents in Livingston Parish will be dealing with some traffic headaches today due to a new road project. Construction is set to begin at the LA 447 and I-12 interchange. According to the State Department of Transportation, drivers should expect intermittent delays and possible nightly closures in the area.... more »
  • DOTD to close LA-441 for drainage repair

    February 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic officials announced plans to temporarily close LA-441 next week to replace a cross drain on the road. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development made the announcement Friday morning. According to DOTD the highway, located north of LA-1036, will be shut down on Monday, February 15 at... more »
  • Crews spent Wednesday covering sinkhole

    February 10, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction crews spent Wednesday covering a sinkhole that developed in a parking lot along Bluebonnet a day earlier. The sinkhole nearly swallowed a FedEx truck and briefly closed the busy highway near Highland Road. The truck was towed out and the sink hole was fenced off... more »
  • Walker drainage work begins Play Video

    February 8, 2016 4:46 PM

    WALKER - Crews for the city of Walker in Livingston Parish have started work on infrastructure improvements. Walker leaders plan to spend $1.2 million to improve roads, sewer, gas and drainage in the city. Smith Drive is one of the roads that will get drainage improvements. Work began there February... more »
  • Construction start date set for LA 447, I-12 interchange in Livingston Parish

    February 5, 2016 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Traffic officials say construction is set to begin Monday, Feb. 15 at the LA 447 and I-12 interchange in Livingston Parish. The work on the interchange is expected to be completed in August of 2017. The State Department of Transportation says intermittent delays and possible nightly... more »
  • Walker spending more than ever on infrastructure work

    January 21, 2016 5:05 PM

    WALKER - The city of Walker in Livingston Parish plans to spend more money than ever this year on infrastructure improvements. Walker leaders plan to spend $1.2 million to improve roads, sewer, gas and drainage in the city. Smith Drive is one of the roads that will get drainage improvements.... more »
  • Parts of Capital Heights Ave. to close for sewer repairs Play Video

    January 3, 2016 9:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parts of Capital Heights Avenue will close Monday for sewer repairs as workers work to replace old pipe lines. Capital Heights Avenue is located off of Government Street near Capital High School. The road is expected to be closed starting Monday. Construction will continue until Jan. 31.... more »
  • Several road projects delayed in Denham Springs Play Video

    December 28, 2015 5:48 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Several road projects expected to be underway in 2015 did not happen as planned. The most expensive project, Maple Street, was supposed to be overlaid and widened. That road serves as a popular route between Hatchell Lane and Range Avenue near Denham Springs High School. A few... more »
  • Work to start on new terminal at New Orleans airport

    December 22, 2015 3:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Work on a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong International Airport will begin in early January. The $807 million project is being hailed as the most important construction job for the city since the Louisiana Superdome in 1975. On Monday, the New Orleans Aviation Board approved... more »
  • More Livingston Parish road work on the way Play Video

    December 21, 2015 5:20 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Another handful of roads are set for a fix in Livingston Parish since extra road money was added to the pot. Parish leaders added $750,000 to the road overlay project since sales tax revenues produced more money than expected. This year the parish has fixed around 40... more »
  • Livingston road overlaying finished for now Play Video

    December 15, 2015 5:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish road overlay project is nearly finished as contractors striped several roads Tuesday. The more than $4 million project overhauled around 40 roads across Livingston Parish. The parish ended up cutting costs and saving $350,000 along the way, according to Department of Public Works Director... more »
  • Ribbon cutting marks completion for 1st phase of Essen Lane improvements

    December 10, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-Parish officials and Mayor-President “Kip” Holden were present Thursday morning as a ribbon cutting took place at the Essen Lane/Interstate 10 intersection where a project aimed at easing congestion has reached a major milestone. The project is part of a larger collaboration between the mayor’s Green... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge construction ends ahead of schedule Play Video

    December 7, 2015 11:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Ahead of schedule, the Sunshine Bridge was completely open for commuters Monday. A $25 million construction project on the bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parish ended months ahead of schedule. Since April 2012, crews have been cleaning, painting and making repairs to the bridge. The project... more »
  • Fed says more consumer spending, housing boost US growth

    December 2, 2015 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy grew at a modest pace this fall, lifted by higher consumer spending and more home sales and construction. The Fed says in its latest snapshot of the economy that nine of its 12 regional banks reported growth was modest or... more »
  • Louisiana highway department to start bridge repairs Sunday

    December 1, 2015 4:11 AM

    SLIDELL- The Louisiana highway department has pushed back schedule repairs to a bridge railing on westbound Interstate 10. The repairs were supposed to start Monday, but will instead start Sunday. The Department of Transportation and Development says the left lane of the Middle Pearl River bridge will be closed Sunday,... more »
  • Range Avenue road work moving along

    November 30, 2015 4:48 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Work to improve Range Avenue in Denham Springs is moving as contractors work night shifts to create a smoother ride for motorists. The work started on the $2.2 million project in September. Contractors have only a few minor details left to complete asphalt work south of Interstate... more »
  • Oct. U. S. home construction slumps on fewer apartment buildings

    November 18, 2015 8:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - Apartment construction plunged sharply in October, as the pace of homebuilding slipped amid a broader cooling of the real estate market. The Commerce Department says housing starts - both houses and apartments- fell last month 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.06 million homes. Single-family... more »
  • Work to begin on Zachary bridge that's been out for 2 years Play Video

    November 6, 2015 6:26 PM

    ZACHARY - Construction will begin on the Milldale Road Bridge in Zachary at the beginning of next year. According to city-parish officials, the hold up has been waiting on federal funds as well as the acquisition process to be complete. They said the purchase of nearby land had to be... more »
  • Livingston Parish school site getting second chance at life Play Video

    October 28, 2015 5:42 PM

    WATSON - Construction has started in Livingston Parish to renovate the old Live Oak High School campus to create a new school in the Watson area. The new Live Oak Junior High will take over the old, run down high school location in the Live Oak community. Contractors are working... more »
  • Louisiana may do bridge loan to finance construction work

    October 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are considering a short-term bridge loan to keep money flowing to state-financed construction work, while the next governor starts to dig the state out of its budget mess. The Bond Commission, which oversees construction spending, was told Thursday that without an influx of new... more »
  • Antioch Road opens Tuesday Play Video

    September 29, 2015 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The first phase of work on Antioch Road in Baton Rouge was complete on Tuesday and now open to drivers. Antioch Road will now cross Old Jefferson to Airline Highway. Crews started work on the $5 million dollar project back in around August of 2014. Engineers hope the... more »
  • Highway 73 construction to wrap up soon Play Video

    September 21, 2015 6:37 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Homeowners who live along Highway 73 in Ascension Parish are crossing their fingers for construction to wrap up by the end of this month, as promised. "Dust, dust, dust," said Nina Boftwick, "I'm waiting 'til they get through, so I can have my house washed down." ... more »
  • Fix coming to Range Ave. in Denham Springs Play Video

    September 17, 2015 6:40 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Contractors plan to begin work on a $2.2 million project Friday night to fix the bumpy ride on Range Avenue in Denham Springs. Contractors will work nights for about 4 weeks to do asphalt work on Range Avenue south of Interstate 12 near Bass Pro Shops. Then... more »
  • $80M in new construction work approved by state officials

    September 17, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has won approval for $80 million in state construction plans, using all available spending capacity for the budget year before the governor exits office in January. The State Bond Commission, which must sign off on construction spending, agreed to the plans without... more »
  • New plans scale back proposed George Lucas museum in Chicago

    September 11, 2015 12:19 PM

    CHICAGO - New plans for filmmaker George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront include a scaled-back design and more green space. The plans were unveiled in federal court Thursday during a hearing in a nonprofit group's lawsuit filed to prevent the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from being built... more »
  • Council to ask voters about $1 million money shuffle

    September 3, 2015 11:25 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish council scheduled a late-September meeting to discuss with voters their thoughts on using $1 million – or possibly more – on both road re-construction and land acquisitions for a future extension of Juban Road. The parish council had originally approved using the extra money from... more »
  • More money for road repairs in Livingston

    August 27, 2015 9:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders dedicated another $1 million to the road overlay project Thursday night. Earlier this year, the parish council agreed to spend $4.47 million to re-pave forty roads. The extra money will increase the total amount spent to around $5.5 million. It was not immediately clear what... more »
  • Construction causes Saturday snarl on I-10

    August 22, 2015 11:28 AM

    GROSSE TETE, La - I-10 was a parking lot for much of Saturday morning due to on-going construction projects started overnight. Shortly after sunrise, construction crews closed eastbound lanes at the Grosse Tete overpass at LA 77 to do work. Traffic was diverted to LA 77 then back onto... more »
  • Traffic should be expected during 60-day I-10 project

    August 19, 2015 4:08 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Thirty-year-old sections of I-10 will be replaced in a two-month construction project set to start Friday, the DOTD announced Wednesday afternoon. Asphalt will be replaced between the I-10 exit at La. 415 in West Baton Rouge and the Iberville Parish line, about half-way through the thickly... more »
  • Rezoning recommended for barge cleaning site Play Video

    August 17, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Planning officials recommended Monday night that land in south Baton Rouge proposed as the site of a barge cleaning company should be rezoned so the company cannot build there. The East Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-3 to recommend the action to the East... more »
  • Rooftop pool hoisted onto downtown building Play Video

    August 13, 2015 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A more than 10,000 pound pool was installed on top of the Commerce Building in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday. Work first began on the more than 60-year-old building in November of 2014. The structure is being renovated to be a 93-unit apartment building with a fitness... more »
  • Roundabout open for Central's first day of school Play Video

    August 13, 2015 9:45 AM

    CENTRAL- Construction crews worked through the night to complete a roundabout before the first day of school in Central. The new traffic circle replaced the intersection at Joor Road and Gurney Road. The new traffic pattern wasn't expected to be finished in time for the first day of... more »
  • Crews will work overnight to get roundabout ready for school traffic Play Video

    August 12, 2015 11:19 PM

    CENTRAL - Construction crews will work overnight Wednesday as they try to have a roundabout complete before school starts Thursday morning. The roundabout is near the shared campuses of Central Middle and Intermediate schools. Earlier this week, the district alerted parents that the construction was behind schedule and was... more »
  • Work crews ahead of schedule on Southern bridge Play Video

    August 12, 2015 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University is getting ready for the fall semester, steadily working to complete a bridge that's been out for nearly a year. The bridge collapsed last year after it was discovered that the piping was old and water had washed away dirt from the foundation. "There... more »
  • Roundabout construction not finished for school

    August 11, 2015 9:40 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents are being warned of a traffic headache when school resumes here Thursday. The roundabout at the intersection of Joor Road and Gurney Road will not be complete by the start of school. Contractors hoped it would be finished ahead of classes, but the city said Tuesday... more »
  • I-12 lane closures for construction continue this week

    August 10, 2015 12:26 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Lane closures on I-12 in both eastbound and westbound directions will be in effect throughout the week as the Geaux Wider series of projects on the interstate continues. Traffic officials say alternating lane closures can be expected starting Monday and continuing through Friday with at least one... more »
  • Construction delays expected on I-10 East this weekend

    August 7, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials again warned drivers of expected delays on I-10 due to an ongoing construction project near Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish through the end of August. The Department of Transportation and Development reminded drivers to expect heavy delays this weekend on I-10 East near Grosse... more »
  • I-12 on-ramp to close at the end of the weekend

    August 5, 2015 3:11 PM

    WALKER - Sunday night, the on-ramp to I-12 Eastbound will be closed. Crews will be stripping the roadway, the state said in a news release announcing the closure. Construction workers will close the on-ramp from Sunday night at 8 to Monday morning at 6. Drivers are asked to... more »
  • Construction underway for Springfield water system Play Video

    August 3, 2015 4:41 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - Springfield, the oldest town in Livingston Parish, has started construction on its own water system. The current water system run by French Settlement Water Company does not reach all 500 residents in Springfield. The people who are left out rely on wells to get water. Some residents in... more »
  • Ground could break on new OLOL Children's Hospital by December Play Video

    July 30, 2015 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with Our Lady of the Lake released new details about their proposed new children's hospital in Baton Rouge Thursday morning and said they could break ground on the project by the end of the year. CEO Terrie Sterling said the hospital has spent the... more »
  • Worst road in parish now the best

    July 28, 2015 11:28 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Years after becoming one of the most dreaded roads in Livingston Parish, South Point Drive is now a beacon of hope. The street, which was compared to streets in war-torn countries like Iraq by some who live on it, has been repaved. A Livingston Parish official... more »
  • Zatarain's celebrates $26M expansion in Gretna

    July 15, 2015 12:21 PM

    GRETNA - Nearly all of the 200 employees of the Zatarain's production facility in Gretna were on hand Monday to celebrate the end of construction that has tripled the size of the company's facility. New Orleans CityBusiness reports that by the end of next year the 80,000-square foot expansion will... more »
  • Mutliple Lane closures for I-10, I-110, between Baton Rouge and Lafayette this weekend

    July 9, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers traveling between Baton Rouge and Lafayette using Interstate 10 should expect delays this weekend, according to a Louisiana State Police advisory sent Friday. The west bound right lane of I-10 near exit 139 will be closed from 8: p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. ... more »
  • Revised cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium approved

    July 7, 2015 10:04 AM

    TOKYO- The building of a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned after approval of the revised $2.1 billion construction cost. The Japan Sports Council, which will operate the main venue, approved the cost at a meeting on Tuesday. The price tag is up... more »
  • 'Worst road' in Livingston Parish getting fixed Play Video

    July 2, 2015 6:08 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Work has started to fix the so-called worst road in Livingston Parish. Once compared to an Iraqi bomb-riddled street, Southpoint Drive in Denham Springs is one of 40 roads on the Livingston Parish overlay project list. "It's like you're in an army tank. I mean... more »
  • New Orleans issues stop-work order on new jail

    June 24, 2015 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has ordered a halt to work on a new, nearly finished $145 million city jail that has been hailed by the city's sheriff as the answer to horrendous conditions at the current lockup. A City Hall news release Wednesday said the... more »
  • Denham Springs spending more on roads Play Video

    June 23, 2015 6:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs plans to spend more than $1 million to improve a handful of roads. That's roughly $340,000 more than the city spent on roadwork last year. Plans to widen and overlay Maple Street account for about half the money. Contractors will... more »
  • I-10 traffic delays to last until Monday morning

    June 20, 2015 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Heavy congestion at I-10 West at LA 77, Grosse Tete, due to road construction. Delays are expected to last until Monday morning around 6 am. Expect five miles of delays. Stay tuned to WBRZ for further updates. more »
  • LA 73 work to be completed by the end of summer

    June 19, 2015 7:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins laying asphalt in Ascension Parish. The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays. DOTD says the work... more »
  • Web resources to make your trip to the beach a breeze

    June 9, 2015 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer enters full swing, many families from the Capitol Areas will be hitting the Interstate Systems to head to various vacation destinations, and state officials have plenty of helpful resources to ensure safe and efficient journeys for everyone hitting the road. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • Construction at Essen and I-10 to begin next week

    June 3, 2015 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Constrution to improve Essen Lane at Interstate 10 will officially begin on Monday, June 8 according to the Baton Rouge Mayor's office. Essen Lane has more than 55,000 daily drivers and is one of the most heavily traveled roadways in East Baton Rouge Parish, which causes... more »
  • Pair of EBR bridges shut down Play Video

    June 1, 2015 5:54 PM

    ZACHARY - A pair of bridges in East Baton Rouge Parish are shut down, because they're not safe for travel. Just outside of Zachary, the bridge on Jackson Road near Tucker Road was closed May 27. The Department of Public Works says the 44-year-old bridge is in good shape... more »
  • City leaders address concerns about Jones Creek Road construction Play Video

    May 28, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders say construction crews will be taking over Jones Creek road in about four months as efforts to improve the quality of roadways in the area reach full force. The project will be expanded from Coursey Blvd all the way to Tiger Bend Road as... more »
  • Louisiana House votes down sales tax hike for road work

    May 28, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a 1-cent sales-tax hike that would pay for improvements to Louisiana's crumbling roads. Because the proposal by Rep. Karen St. Germain would increase taxes, it needed support from two-thirds of lawmakers. The House voted 52-42 for the bill, far short of... more »
  • House unanimously agrees to overstuffed construction budget

    May 28, 2015 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An overloaded state construction budget that will leave the governor choosing which projects advance is headed to the Senate for debate after getting unanimous House support. The budget - known as the capital outlay bill - contains about $330 million more in projects for the 2015-16 fiscal... more »
  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • Asphalt mishap complicates sewer work Play Video

    May 15, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As people were driving home Thursday night, they were greeted with an unwelcome construction blunder. The Department of Public Works says a contractor working along Beverly Drive off Government Street accidentally pushed asphalt into a manhole. Crews are working to replace sewer lines in the area.... more »
  • Milldale Road Bridge closure has some frustrated Play Video

    May 14, 2015 5:54 PM

    ZACHARY - The closure of the Milldale Road bridge has some residents boiling in frustration. "I've done had it," Andrew Theriot told News 2 Thursday, after he was asked about the bridge being closed for two years. A state inspection in 2013 revealed rotting pilings supporting the bridge,... more »
  • Waste Management building compressed natural gas facility

    May 14, 2015 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Waste Management of Louisiana has begun construction on a compressed natural gas facility in Walker. The property will fuel the company's trucks servicing Livingston Parish and the rest of the greater Baton Rouge area. Waste Management has already begun converting its truck fleet to compressed natural gas.... more »
  • Louisiana borrows $335M to continue construction projects

    May 6, 2015 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite budget question marks and the collapse of a recent LSU bond sale, Louisiana has borrowed $335 million without problems. The state sold general obligation bonds Wednesday to low bidder Wells Fargo Bank. The Bond Commission agreed to the sale without objection, with the money slated to... more »
  • Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House

    May 5, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork. The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade:... more »
  • Knock Knock Children's Museum Play Video

    May 5, 2015 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Knock Knock Children's Museum is on its way to Baton Rouge. The long-awaited children's museum broke ground at the end of April, after years of fundraising. "Baton Rouge is the only city in the state of Louisiana without a children's museum," said Knock Knock board member,... more »
  • House lawmakers proposing changes to construction budgeting

    May 1, 2015 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Year after year, lawmakers pack so many projects into Louisiana's construction budget that it leaves the governor to choose the favored ones. Frustrated House members wanting more control over how the state prioritizes its construction spending are trying to change that. The state construction budget passed by... more »
  • Contractors making progress on Livingston Parish roads Play Video

    April 24, 2015 6:05 PM

    ALBANY - After a long wait road paving is underway for Livingston Parish's overlay project, which tackles 40 of the parish's worst roads. Crews continued laying asphalt on several streets in Albany Friday. They've made strides in the past few weeks. "It's something they need to keep doing... more »
  • Second Plaquemine ferry starts today

    April 20, 2015 8:00 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- Starting today, a second vessel will be added to run the same route as the Plaquemine ferry. The new transportation is part of an effort to help clear up traffic at La. 1 and I-10 at the Mississippi River. The second ferry will run from 3:15 p.m. to... more »
  • Popular boat landing still under repair Play Video

    April 3, 2015 4:44 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The boat landing at Fred's on the River, an Amite River hot spot, will remain under construction for the next few months. In December, the business started construction to repair the landing, but work hasn't finished in time for one of the biggest boating weekends. It was... more »
  • $335M borrowing plan approved for state-funded construction Play Video

    April 2, 2015 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will borrow $335 million next month to replenish its construction project fund and keep the money from running dry in June. The State Bond Commission agreed to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection. The bond sale will keep work humming on state-financed construction projects through February.... more »
  • Essen Lane Widening Play Video

    April 2, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will break ground on new construction today. The Essen widening project is the latest in the city-parish Green Light program. Essen Lane is one of the busiest and most congested roads in Baton Rouge.The Department of Transportation and Development is working together with the Green... more »

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