April 11, 2014 11:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- Finally, after some two years, people will once again be able to cross a bridge that links them with the rest of the road.
The Woodlake Drive Bridge is partially open and will fully reopen next week. It's been closed since May 2012 and the construction project... more »
April 11, 2014 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Tuesday, city leaders want to discuss a widening project for Hooper Road.
Engineers are just beginning the process of redesigning the busy highway. Right now, it is two lanes.
The meeting about Hooper Road is set for April 15th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It will... more »
April 11, 2014 11:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- Get ready for a nightmare Saturday on College Drive since the city is closing both southbound (headed from I-10 to Perkins) lanes and moving traffic to the center turn lane.
The closure is for sewer repairs and will impact the street in front of Wal Mart. It... more »
April 10, 2014 10:21 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council talked about the real problem on Eden Church Road: clogged drains and not bad design.
For years, residents along Eden Church have complained about flooding, no matter how little or how much it rained.
"That's all I can ask... more »
April 4, 2014 10:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Construction could begin soon on a new school sitting on a giant, rolling plot of land in the heart of the city.
Milton Womack, Inc. will build the $49 million Lee High School where the former complex stood on Lee Drive between Highland Road and Perkins.... more »
April 2, 2014 10:34 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Walls are going up at the Juban Crossing development off I-12 in Livingston Parish.
After years of delays, the project is the farthest along it has ever been. People enjoy seeing that is now a reality.
"I live like a mile from it, and plus it's... more »
March 24, 2014 9:56 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Two major highway construction projects will overlap since the state is announcing a large project Tuesday.
La. 73 construction between Airline and the interstate won't be finished until October, while construction along La. 42 is expected to begin this week.
Along Higway 73, a gas line conflicts... more »
March 21, 2014 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A $10 million resurfacing project is in the works for a road WBRZ viewers and WBRZ.com users ranked as one of the area's worst.
LA 1 from Plaquemine to White Castle will be fixed later this year. The street is full of potholes.
"It needs a... more »
March 12, 2014 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a plan to take control over busy roads from the state, streamlining and expediting road construction on the major thoroughfares.
Wednesday, the metro council approved a move to take Government Street, a section of Nicholson Drive, and River Road from the control of the... more »
March 11, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders are expected to vote on a measure that could mean more immediate road repairs in two sections of the city.
Wednesday, the metro council has to decide on a road take over plan. It means three streets: Government, parts of Nicholson, and a stretch of... more »
February 27, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Businesses on O'Neal Lane celebrated the end of a four-year construction project.
Work on O'Neal Lane has kept customers out of the area's businesses for years, forcing some companies to close their doors. The project was supposed to wrap up almost two years ago. Organizers with... more »
February 27, 2014 3:36 PM
GONZALES - City leaders said they're upset after Gonzales' council failed to approve a zoning ordinance for a big-money construction project.
The council voted 2-1 Wednesday night to approve the zoning change for Crawford Electric's 54,000 square foot warehouse. However, the measure still failed because a majority of the... more »
February 26, 2014 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council introduced a proposal Wednesday to transfer three roads from state control to city-parish control.
The city would be responsible for repairs that could be done faster than if the state was in charge of the highways and making upgrades.
The swap would... more »
February 24, 2014 9:39 PM
GONZALES - The city council voted 2-1 to award a rezoning request so Crawford Electric can build a warehouse on five acres of PriceCo land.
Crawford Electrical Supply Co. wants to build its multi-million dollar, 54,000 square-foot facility on Highway 44 east of I-10. The plot is zoned as... more »
February 24, 2014 3:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Residents want answers after construction work on the Woodlake Drive bridge has lingered on for nearly two years.
People who spoke with WBRZ News 2 today said the construction has wasted their time and money.
"It grates on your nerves, I mean first couple months...... more »
February 17, 2014 10:59 PM
LIVINGSTON- After months of deadlock, the parish council and parish president in Livingston Parish agreed on hiring a road engineer to prioritize roads that need to be resurfaced and leaders will begin meeting with the engineer this week.
First, Layton Ricks will meet with the agency hired to make... more »
February 13, 2014 11:46 PM
LIVINGSTON- Road projects will begin soon since the parish council and president met on common ground and hired a road engineer to tackle the parish road program.
The road rehab project has been on hold since the parish president and council could not agree on the procedure to hire... more »
February 12, 2014 12:25 AM
HOLDEN- Livingston road officials are not sure when a long-awaited road project will be finished.
Crews have been working on the bridge along James Chapel Road since September. It was supposed to be finished about a month after it was started in September, but the bridge is still not... more »
February 6, 2014 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - After weeks of wet, freezing weather, the roads in the Capital City have taken a beating.
Frozen rain expands in the small cracks in the asphalt, creating larger fissures that can turn into potholes. The Department of Public Works typically has two crews filling potholes around... more »
February 4, 2014 6:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state is helping Baton Rouge Community college fill a void for 80,000 construction workers in the next two years through the college's welding programs.
BRCC has more than 400 students enrolled in its welding programs each year and a growing waiting list.
"I really want... more »
January 31, 2014 5:45 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Work continues on Highway 73 between I-10 and Airline Highway after a three-day lull caused by the winter storm.
Crews said the storm didn't impact the project much, besides the three days they were forced off the road.
"The weather just needs to make it's mind... more »
January 11, 2014 5:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - The new Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard won't officially open until mid-April, but you'll get the chance to get inside before then.
The new $35 million environmentally friendly library is double the size of the old main library. It offers 140 computers and a half million... more »
January 3, 2014 10:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Millions will be spent on state highways and city streets this year to ease congested roadways.
A lot of big projects are set to wrap up in 2014, including the widening of Staring Ln. in the Capital City.
Starring Ln. between Perkins Rd. and Highland... more »
January 3, 2014 5:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - After a delay of more than two years, construction on O'Neal Lane is scheduled to be finished by the end of February. However, business owners in the area say the damage has already been done.
The $20 million project is part of the city-parish Green Light... more »
December 24, 2013 10:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - City leaders are calling on the Department of Transportation and Development to lower a speed limit in Denham Springs.
Cockerham Road, between Range Ave. and Lockhart, is a busy two-lane street near a high school and two elementary schools.
The speed limit is 45 mph... more »
December 19, 2013 11:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state Bond Commission gave approval to a plan to borrow nearly $500 million for construction projects.
The money will replenish a fund that pays for the projects. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the details will be worked out next month.
Right now the plan... more »
December 9, 2013 10:25 PM
WALKER - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is considering a proposal to improve traffic and safety along LA 447 in Walker.
Roundabouts, a growing trend across the country and now in Louisiana, have been proven to decrease accidents drastically engineers say. And, DOTD believes the design may... more »
November 20, 2013 11:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Construction on the planned outlet mall for the Riverwalk in New Orleans is expected to be over by early next summer.
The current structure has been stripped down to just concrete and beams.
New Orleans city and business leaders took a tour of the $70... more »
November 18, 2013 11:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Some people are worried about noise and drainage issues with a planned apartment complex and parking garage in South Baton Rouge near LSU.
Developers went before the city's planning and zoning board Monday to discuss The Standard, which will be adjacent to the LSU campus on Nicholson... more »
November 18, 2013 11:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four intersections are being regulated by new signals to regulate traffic flow.
The new lights on Jefferson Highway are synchronized and can be adjusted by the time of day and amount of traffic. Another new feature allows the lights to change from green to red to allow... more »
November 11, 2013 8:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer.
The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
October 30, 2013 7:55 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Officials say construction on a $12 million state-of-the-art sewer plant in this city could begin as early as this week.
Mayor Mark Gulotta says the existing plant, built in 1960, was built to treat about 1 million gallons of wastewater a day but has been taking in... more »
October 30, 2013 7:51 AM
LIVINGSTON - Officials are moving forward with plans to build a community college in Livingston Parish. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System says officials plan to build a new college and workforce training center that would offer a wide range of programs, including general education, allied health, welding and... more »
October 18, 2013 11:48 PM
CENTRAL- Hooper Road will get a needed upgrade soon.
A $1 million project will expand the highway to four lanes. The state is paying for the work.
Only a section will be done at first, then more will be expanded. The plan calls for the stretch from Blackwater... more »
October 15, 2013 11:57 AM
BAYOU SORREL - Construction improvements for the boat launch at Bayou Sorrel are underway.
The launch is located in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin.
Cost of construction for the project is $683,000 with almost all of it coming from the Department of Natural Resources' Atchafalaya Basin Program.... more »
October 11, 2013 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - Higher revenue forecasts and low interest rates have Louisiana's construction projects back on track.
Louisiana had been close to its constitutional limit on debt.
State Treasurer John Kennedy said the money to pay for ongoing construction was running out, with no room to borrow more.... more »
October 8, 2013 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Outdated traffic lights are being replaced to help the flow of traffic in Baton Rouge.
The new light systems along Jefferson Hwy. will be synchronized and can switch to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Other areas will allow extra time for pedestrians and bikers.
It's... more »
September 30, 2013 9:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Perkins Road could be the next big road project here, and residents will get a chance to talk about it this week.
There is a meeting to discuss potential routes on Wednesday at St. George School from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The project would be... more »
September 22, 2013 11:31 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
September 22, 2013 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Groundbreaking for an IBM Service Center will be held Sept. 26 in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/16bhhWL ) the ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Lafayette Street, a few blocks down the street from where... more »
September 20, 2013 2:17 PM
Baton Rouge- Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are looking for those responsible for stealing a 2011 Kubota Skid Steer in the Carriagewood Estates subdivision on September 8.
Detectives say the suspects used a white Ford F-350 truck, pulling a tandem axel trailer to take the Skid... more »
September 13, 2013 4:18 PM
SCOTLANDVILLE - Habitat for Humanity marked its 300th home in the Baton Rouge area Friday morning.
The homeowners, Norvel and Takirri Blackburn, received the honor to own the milestone home after being chosen from a pool of elligible families. Norvel actually grew up in the 10th Habitat home in... more »
September 12, 2013 9:51 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The ongoing Juban Crossing saga continues as deadlines keep getting pushed back further and further.
In an interview with News 2, the retail center's developer, Stephen Keller, said crews would start construction in 30 days. The interview was 35 days ago and the piece of lot... more »
September 11, 2013 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- Road construction on Staring Lane will continue longer since the contractor was approved for additional time and money.
The street is being widened to four lanes. Work has been happening along a stretch between Highland Road and Perkins Road for about two years. It was expected to... more »
September 3, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - A nearly million-dollar sculpture in downtown Baton Rouge will be officially dedicated today after months of delays.
Called "The Crest," the curved sculpture stretches over a stage at the Galvez Plaza and will hold rigging for concerts and other events downtown.
The more than $900,000... more »
August 29, 2013 3:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Construction work on LSU's Tiger Stadium will bolster the stadium to around a capacity of 100,000 when it's completed before the start of the 2014 season.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Eddie Nunez says it's like giving fans an extra Christmas, and the 2014 season will be... more »
August 28, 2013 10:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - The $1.5 billion sewer project in Baton Rouge is on schedule to a January 2015 completion, despite hitting a few snags. Some contractors on the job have to replace large piping after the pipes didn't align properly.
"Basically he was coming from both ends, when he... more »
August 23, 2013 2:54 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a planned Sept. 30 hearing on jail reforms in New Orleans, while the city advances plans for a new building to hold inmates who should not be mixed with the general jail population. Those plans were outlined in court papers... more »
August 20, 2013 10:38 PM
CENTRAL- People took a look at a proposed new route across the Amite River Tuesday night.
Engineers revealed plans for a new bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge. Once it crosses the river into Livingston, the highway would... more »
August 16, 2013 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Relief is on the way for drivers who use Stanford Avenue in Baton Rouge. Construction could wrap up by the middle of next week.
Stanford Avenue from S. Lakeshore Drive to Perkins Road is under construction as the city works to smooth out the rough and... more »
August 16, 2013 8:48 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. developers broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in July, partly reversing a sharp drop the previous month. The figures suggest that housing construction is maintaining its recovery.
The Commerce Department says builders began work last month on houses and apartments at a seasonally... more »
August 13, 2013 4:01 PM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials plan to repair around 70 roads by the end of 2014.
Carla Drive off Highway 44 was slated for repair work for next year's road maintenance project, but was pushed up to this year's project after the road base failed. Ascension Parish Chief Engineer... more »
August 9, 2013 10:57 PM
LIVINGSTON- Dangerous bridges are getting the attention of engineers and construction crews.
Seven have been added to a list needing immediate repairs. Already, work has begun on one bridge.
Inspectors said rot and decay have destroyed pilings. Some have been closed and others have had the posted weight... more »
August 8, 2013 10:10 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State highway officials have pushed back the completion date of a $15.5 million project to widen La. 73 in Ascension Parish to June, making it about eight months later than the original target date given when construction began in the fall of 2011. Officials said the contractor is... more »
August 7, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two major road projects could be over in the next few weeks.
Lee Drive and Stanford Avenue are under construction. Lee has been closed twice to traffic entirely. Stanford, the listed detour when Lee is closed, has not been paved since crews removed the asphalt weeks ago.... more »
August 7, 2013 10:51 AM
GONZALES - Kids returned to school in Ascension Parish today, though some won't stay in their classrooms all year.
Work on the new G. W. Carver Primary School in Gonzales won't be completed until October, so students are starting the year still on the old campus.
The district... more »
August 6, 2013 5:51 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - As students prepare to go back to school tomorrow, construction crews are scrambling to prepare the campus for nearly 900 new people at Prairieville Middle School.
The school is undergoing a $15-million dollar renovation, including a new cafeteria and new classroom building. The cafeteria is completed, but... more »
August 6, 2013 10:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters in Baton Rouge held a grand opening today to show off a new firehouse.
The new Fire Station No. 8 replaces the old station on Wooddale Boulevard, which was built in 1950 and then extensively remodeled in 1988. The 8,400-square-foot station cost the city about... more »
August 4, 2013 12:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - The builder of the St. Jude Dream Home for the past 15 years, Jairo Alvarez, died Saturday, according to St. Jude officials.
He had been battling cancer over the past two years and was battling an infection that no one was able to identify for over... more »
July 25, 2013 6:06 PM
GONZALES - The new G.W. Carver Primary school is nearly complete, but won't be ready for the first day of school. Weather delays during construction pushed the opening date back until October.
Across town, Ascension Schools are installing new temporary classroom buildings, known as 't-buildings,' at Central Primary School.... more »
July 21, 2013 4:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lee Drive between Perkins Road and Highland Road is now fully re-opened to traffic, according to DOTD.
DOTD says no closures, including lane closures, are planned along Lee Drive between Perkins and Highland until July 25.
Additional information regarding the future closures along Lee Drive... more »
July 18, 2013 11:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive is closed until next week. Drivers for Friday rush hours will need to use alternate routes.
The artery connecting South Baton Rouge with I-10 and the Mid City area is closed between Boone and Bennett Drive. Crews are continuing the sewer work in the area... more »
July 15, 2013 4:13 PM
LIVINGSTON - Construction crews have begun giving U.S. 190 a facelift, part of a $4.4 million project to fix the stretch of road in Livingston Parish.
Crews are currently doing patchwork and will overlay the highway to make it safer. Residents living near the highway said they're glad to... more »
July 10, 2013 11:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - There are more delays in the trial of a man accused of a deadly workplace shooting in Baton Rouge.
Judge Tony Marabella was set to decide if Richard Matthews would be allowed to participate in his own defense, but Marabella wants to hear from the doctor... more »
July 5, 2013 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive, a busy corridor connecting south Baton Rouge with the shopping centers on College and eventually I-10 and Mid City, will have lane closures starting today.
There will be intermittent lane closures from Boone Avenue to Bluebell Drive from Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. through... more »
July 3, 2013 11:52 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former Plaquemines Parish sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle must spend nearly four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for taking bribes from a jail construction contractor. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on Wednesday rejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Chester's request for a 31-month sentence on the... more »
June 27, 2013 11:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed next year's construction budget without stripping any projects with his line-item veto. The governor didn't need to remove anything he doesn't like because his office will have decision-making power over which new projects advance in the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July... more »
June 26, 2013 10:35 PM
CENTRAL- A haunted house got the green light from city leaders, but not before some confusing back-and-forth over the project.
At first, it was denied then eventually approved.
Creators of The 13th Gate want to expand to an empty lot on Joor Road at Mickens.
The project... more »
June 25, 2013 10:23 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Flooding problems remain along Eden Church Road, despite $2.2 million in recent improvements.
The road went under a redesign to resurface and widen the road, straighten a dangerous s-curve and fix flooding issues.
Some claim the road was built lower than planned, and now parish... more »
June 24, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Owners of The 13th Gate, are considering expanding on a plot of land, just south of Central.
The 75 acres, located on the east side of Joor Rd., south of Mickens Rd. could be home to a number of attractions, including a haunted hayride, outdoor laser... more »
June 21, 2013 10:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - NASA officials in New Orleans have publicly unveiled a new, three-story-tall cylindrical structure that is a key component in constructing heavy-lift rockets for the nation's space program. It's called the "vertical weld center." It's a heavy metal framework holding state-of-the-art automated welding equipment, around which the Boeing... more »
June 18, 2013 11:32 AM
HOUMA - The Terrebonne Levee District is gearing up for its busiest year of levee-building yet as its board plans to move ahead with millions of dollars in construction paid for with a new 1/2-cent sales tax. The Courier reports the board will review its upcoming budget at a meeting... more »
June 11, 2013 7:52 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley has sued Mandeville-based builder Devier Construction LLC and two insurers over a new $3.3 million training center with persistent roof leaks.
The lawsuit says Wiley recently declared a public emergency to do an estimated $130,000 in immediate repairs to the roof of... more »
June 10, 2013 9:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Construction on a stretch of interstate here is almost complete.
Right now, construction to expand the interstate shuts off a lane between the Highland and Siegen Road exits. That bottlenecks traffic especially during rush hour.
But the Department of Transportation confirms by the end of... more »
May 31, 2013 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's community colleges have won their dispute with other higher education leaders over construction spending. The Senate gave final passage Friday to a measure that will let the community and technical college system sidestep the construction budget process for $250 million in projects. The bill heads to... more »
May 30, 2013 4:11 PM
LIVINGSTON - A $3.4 million dollar grant will fund the reconstruction of seven residential bridges in Livingston Parish.
Director of Public Works Sam Digirolamo says the city has been applying small fixes to the bridges such as lowering their loads for the past five years, but it's time for... more »
May 21, 2013 3:27 PM
THIBODAUX - An oilfield service company plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. President and CEO Hank Danos says Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports. The manufacturing site to be selected... more »
May 21, 2013 10:20 AM
BOSTON - NFL owners have approved a $200 million loan for construction of a new stadium in Atlanta. The Falcons received the money Tuesday at the NFL's spring meetings. The multipurpose stadium could cost as much as $1 billion. Falcons owner Arthur Blank says the approval is an "important milestone... more »
May 14, 2013 1:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana higher education leaders are at odds over a proposal to let the community college system tap into construction dollars outside of the traditional budget process. The community colleges are winning the legislative battle so far. A bill allowing the community college system to sidestep the regular... more »
May 8, 2013 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mega-store Costco Wholesale could open in Baton Rouge a year from now, after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved an economic development plan to pay for infrastructure and road improvements in the area.
The retailer is investing $38 million into its 144,000-square-foot warehouse at the... more »