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  • Stinky problem will cost $1 million to fix Play Video

    September 4, 2014 9:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A busted sewer pipe is creating a stinky problem for drivers. The main sewer line along Burbank at Staring has collapsed in multiple places, blocking the water. The busted line carries rain water and sewage to the main pumping station on Gardere Lane. The blockage prohibits... more »
  • Baton Rouge Autobahn will have a speed limit Thursday Play Video

    August 27, 2014 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers along Staring Lane will have to obey a new speed limit Thursday. After a study, the Department of Public Works will set the speed limit at 40 mph. It will be the first time drivers will be told how fast they can drive since construction... more »
  • Burbank sewer fix to close lanes all weekend Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People having sewer problems along Burbank Drive are getting a fix through the weekend. Burbank between Nicholson Drive and Parker Boulevard is down to one lane in both directions while workers fix the sewer system. Workers dug a hole in the middle of the roadway to... more »
  • Sewer work returns to Burbank, lane closures planned

    August 1, 2014 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sewer line construction crews will once again return to Burbank Drive for extra work and close more lanes of the southeast Baton Rouge highway. Beginning Tuesday, August 5, there will be intermittent lane closures from Staring Extension to Lee Drive. Expect closures through Friday, August 15th. The... more »
  • Watch your turns: new traffic flow at wreck-prone intersection Play Video

    July 30, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There will be another change dealing with how traffic is regulated on Burbank Drive. A new stop light will be added south of LSU as The Department of Public Works and the Department of Transportation looks to improve traffic along the heavily clogged street. Monday,... more »
  • Burgin Avenue: a virtual dust bowl Play Video

    July 30, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Once paved, a piece of Burgin Avenue is now a gravel pit after sewer crews left the road in disrepair for months. The road was torn up to do sewer work, but at least two blocks of the road remain untouched, a headache for people who... more »
  • Sherwood Forest residents want sewage fix now Play Video

    July 20, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some Sherwood Forest residents are still dealing with sewage backups and can't flush their toilets whenever it rains. It's a problem residents have been dealing with for years. Sherwood Forest resident Julia Grau's toilet flushed today, but with rain in the forecast that may be short... more »
  • DPW: Fix coming for sewage backup problem Play Video

    May 12, 2014 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood want answers because raw sewage backs into their homes when it rains. Residents say it's happened for years, and the smell sends some to check into hotels instead of staying at home. Others have to keep a watchful eye to... more »
  • Sewage backing up into Baton Rouge homes Play Video

    May 10, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sherwood Forest residents say Friday night's heavy rains caused raw sewage to back up into their homes. Johnny Squyers says he's battled overflowing toilets and brown water for decades at his home. "Oh the smell was horrible. We couldn't stay in the house, and most... more »
  • Council paves way for new interstate ramps Play Video

    April 23, 2014 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council has approved hiring a group to survey land for a future Greenlight project involving an interchange at Pecue Lane and I-10. The proposed project would include multiple through and turn leans on Pecue Lane, an entrance ramp and exit ramp on both sides... more »
  • DPW: skateboarders are vandalizing downtown

    March 25, 2014 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city says they're having a problem with skateboarders vandalizing property downtown. The Downtown Development District and the Department of Public Works says they plan to enforce an existing ordinance that prohibits skateboarding, bicycling, and roller skating on park structures. "When it comes to tricks... more »
  • Trash trouble because of parked cars in Baton Rouge Play Video

    March 19, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a blame game going on since some neighborhoods did not get trash collected this week. Residents are frustrated, but the city said it's their fault since vehicles were parked, blocking waste trucks. In the Beau Pre neighborhood near LSU, Allied Waste trucks couldn't... more »
  • City leaders set to decide on road plan Wednesday

    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 »
  • City planning for state route takeover, will fix roads Play Video

    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 »
  • Construction changing your drive in 2014 Play Video

    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 »
  • Light's green for traffic, new signals in BR

    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 »
  • Many city-parish workers upset over budget Play Video

    November 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some city-parish workers are upset that pay increases for them were left out of Mayor Kip Holden's 2014 budget for Baton Rouge. The $800 million budget includes money for police vehicles, new police officers and new firefighters, but doesn't address the issue of underpaid city-parish workers.... more »
  • Traffic change at College, I-10 Play Video

    October 22, 2013 8:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works believes there is a low-cost way to help relieve traffic congestion at one of Baton Rouge's busiest intersections. "I try to avoid College Drive at all costs just because it's so bad," said one driver. College Drive and I-10 is an... more »
  • Traffic lights synced to ease traffic

    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 »
  • Plan in the works to widen parks of Perkins Rd Play Video

    October 2, 2013 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A congested stretch of road in Baton Rouge could get a much-needed upgrade. One section of Perkins Road from Siegen Lane is currently two lanes. Neighbors say that causes congestion and a traffic nightmare. There's a plan in the works to widen Perkins Road from... more »
  • $1.5 billion BR sewer project isn't aligning in spots Play Video

    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 »
  • Baton Rouge to get tough on litter bugs, eventually

    August 26, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city's public works department is trying to rid streets of blight and junk, but are running into problems because the litter court isn't functioning. There is an apparent breakdown in the city's litter court set-up. There was a discussion about the problems Monday night in an... more »
  • DPW begins cleaning forgotten firehouse

    August 16, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a series of reports by News 2 investigators, public works crews in Baton Rouge began cleaning an abandoned firehouse today. DPW crews started cleaning up a firehouse at Osage and Pocahontas at 7:15 a.m. Friday, removing trash, dumped tires, and dozens of condoms found on... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Forgotten firehouse appears to get worse after report Play Video

    August 15, 2013 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two weeks after city leaders promised to make changes to blighted parish firehouses, it appears one of them is getting worse. The city-parish abandoned six old fire stations over the last three years. When the firefighters moved into new buildings, the old ones were forgotten. One firehouse... more »
  • Concerns mount over Lee Drive detour Play Video

    July 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's one problem with the suggested detour for drivers diverted from the construction on Lee Drive: Stanford Avenue hasn't had pavement since March. Ty Messina lives on Stanford, and is concerned that his precarious daily task of backing up onto Stanford to get out of his... more »
  • Scottlandville homeowners frustrated with buyout Play Video

    July 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Reverend Dudley Theodore Jackson proudly mows his lawn once a week. It's something he's done for a very long time. "I've been living here a long time, " he says. "I moved on Avenue F in 1975." But he says he got a letter from East... more »
  • Study: Red-light cameras reduce crashes in BR

    July 1, 2013 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been five years since Baton Rouge launched a traffic light camera program, and data released last week shows drops in both traffic crashes and violations at the selected intersections. The Department of Public Works evaluated intersections where traffic cameras were installed in 2008 and 2009 by... more »
  • Illegal dumping, caught in the act

    June 21, 2013 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents say they've had enough, after hundreds of tires are dumped in their neighborhood. Off Plank Rd. along Linden St., one woman is upset, because it's an eyesore. She caught the person dumping, in the act, and says the tires come from a nearby tire shop.... more »
  • Food truck owner caught dumping trash Play Video

    June 12, 2013 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The owner of DG's Cafe, a Baton Rouge food truck, was caught on camera dumping trash according to city officials. The people doing it were caught in the middle of the day dumping their trash under a "no dumping" sign on Kinkaid Ave, off Choctaw Dr.... more »
  • Tree service not hauling debris Play Video

    May 29, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People are hiring tree services to protect their homes before hurricane season arrives. However, it's creating a new problem across East Baton Rouge Parish which has flooded the Department of Public Works with phone calls. DPW calls it "illegal tree dumping." It's when tree services cut... more »
  • DEQ investigating illegal tire dumping Play Video

    April 23, 2013 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works cleared illegally dumped debris in Baton Rouge today. It's part of a monthly process to keep the roadway clear. Allied Waste, contracted through DPW, drove a tire collection truck along Kincaid Ave. in Baton Rouge. A month worth of debris was thrown... more »
  • Illegal dumping posing potential health hazard Play Video

    April 18, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Illegal dumping is a messy problem in Baton Rouge, and now city officials are concerned it's creating a health hazard. Some streets in Baton Rouge are littered with toys, trash and used tires. Department of Public Works says they have been dealing with dumping for years.... more »
  • Road work on North Sherwood Forrest Boulevard Play Video

    March 5, 2013 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Emergency pothole repairs are underway on North Sherwood Forrest Boulevard. The East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works started working on a two mile stretch of boulevard between Choctaw Dr. and Greenwell Springs Rd. After several complaints of busted rims and tires, DPW decided to fix... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Racist city email Play Video

    January 18, 2013 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A racist email distributed through government email accounts got several Department of Public Works employees suspended. The email appeared to be a press release, but carried an offensive message about the President's new health care package. The email read: "Effective January 1, 2013, aspirin will be... more »
  • Sources: DPW workers suspended over inappropriate email

    January 17, 2013 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sources tell WBRZ the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works suspended more than a dozen employees due to an email that was deemed inappropriate. The email is alleged to have had racial overtones circulated via the department's governmental email. The suspended workers are... more »
  • Bridge repairs going on after flooding

    January 14, 2013 12:45 PM

    HOLDEN - Public works crews started repairs to bridges damaged by high water in Livingston Parish. Crews went out this morning to the Frank Ballard Road Bridge, one of several in the Holden area which were damaged. Parish DPW crews said the bridge floated about four feet off its... more »
  • Potholes popping up in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 11, 2013 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Potholes are popping up more and more in East Baton Rouge as heavy rain moves through the city-parish. "Potholes are more like ponds these days," said driver, Laura Moore. They form when rain gets into cracks in the road, causing the ground to expand and pull... more »
  • Man's road repaired after year of phone calls

    October 19, 2012 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man's prayers are answered after waiting a year for Department of Public Works to fix a road leading to his home. Frankie Johnson called DPW about South Vignes Rd. last November, when part of the road cracked and began slanting off its flat... more »
  • Live oaks a blessing, problem for Garden District Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Garden District has been named as one of the top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 by the American Planning Association. The Garden District has been recognized for their neighborhoods, community and live oak trees. APA's Great Places are an example of character and foster economic... more »
  • Four DPW workers arrested in EBR for fuel theft

    October 2, 2012 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested four Department of Public Works employees in East Baton Rouge Parish in suspicion of stealing gas from city-parish fueling stations. According to the EBR Mayor-President's Office, police arrested Ensley Joseph, Rodney Maxwell, Joyce Gatlin, and Lawrence Smith this morning. Interim Public Works Director... more »
  • EBR almost back to normal after Isaac Play Video

    October 1, 2012 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works spokespeople say they are two weeks away from completely picking up woody debris from Hurricane Isaac. Today DPW began their second pass through East Baton Rouge Parish, picking up leftover piles of branches and vegetative debris. Allied Waste is picking up... more »
  • Next round of debris pickup for EBR begins today

    October 1, 2012 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works will begin their second pass of storm debris pickup from Hurricane Isaac in East Baton Rouge Parish. DPW says they are about 95 percent complete with debris pickup. Crews estimate all cleanup will be complete by middle of October. News Two's... more »
  • Debris cleanup crews add trucks, workers Play Video

    September 6, 2012 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More trucks hit the streets of East Baton Rouge Parish today with a new system to get as much of Isaac's leftover debris cleaned up as quickly as possible. The Department of Public Works said yesterday that debris cleanup in the parish could take 45 more... more »
  • DPW project destroys local woman's yard Play Video

    August 15, 2012 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Work on a sewer line has cost one woman her back yard. Maggie Fahr says the Department of Public Works started on the sewer line in her back yard on June 19th and told her the work would be done in a couple of weeks. ... more »
  • LSU Lakes trash bog causing headache Play Video

    July 24, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A trashy bog building up in a canal near the LSU Lakes is causing a headache for hundreds of runners and bikers that frequent the area. The trash is caught in a trap set up by DPW to keep the garbage from flowing into the lakes nearby,... more »
  • Powerhouse Gym gets building permit Play Video

    May 14, 2012 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Powerhouse Gym is now ready to begin construction after the Department of Public Works (DPW) issued a building permit for the project. The gym came under fire from customers earlier this year, when it wasn't opened in time. Now DPW is inspecting the building to ensure... more »
  • River Rd. in downtown BR back open

    May 11, 2012 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works reopened River Road in downtown Baton Rouge after several it was completely closed earlier this week. Workers closed the road Monday between North Blvd. and Florida Street to complete sewage and overflow work in the area. Other work on the... more »
  • Government Street set for quick construction

    May 2, 2012 10:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Work will start Friday on Government Street between East and 10th Street. The Department of Public Works for the City of Baton Rouge has worked on that section of the road off and on for the last year. But this time should be the last. ... more »
  • Neighbors along Staring Lane still critical of construction

    February 6, 2012 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city-parish has been turning dirt on an expansion of Staring Lane for a year. Workers say Phase 1, from Perkins Road to Hyacinth is halfway done. Phase 2 is scheduled to get started before the summer. That stretches the rest of Staring to Highland Road. ... more »
  • Staring Lane widening project on-schedule a year after start Play Video

    February 6, 2012 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The four-lane expansion project underway on Staring Lane is on schedule. DPW says phase one is expected to be finished by the end of 2012, and the entire project is still planned to open at the end of 2013. News 2's Ashley Rodrigue will have more... more »
  • EBR 311 system could get revamp to improve service Play Video

    December 28, 2011 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works is hoping to rework its community service hotline to be more efficient and quick. The 311 service line has been open since 2005 for people to call in complaints about sewage, drainage, streets and trash. But city leaders... more »
  • Neighborhood raising a stink about oyster shell dumping Play Video

    December 19, 2011 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works is looking into a neighborhood's complaints about a man dumping oyster shells on his property. The area is off of Antioch Road near Tiger Bend in Baton Rouge. They say the... more »
  • EBR Metro Council rips mayor's budget apart Play Video

    December 13, 2011 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved a $745 million spending plan for 2012, but not without making several changes that put city-parish administrators on edge. The council gave pay raises to Mosquito Control workers and Constables using department surpluses and the city-parish's reserve fund. Members also... more »
  • Night road construction increasing

    October 13, 2011 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Local and state leaders say road work is on the night shift now more than ever. The idea is to do more work when you're not driving. We're talking about the interstate, as well as surface streets. A third of the state's construction contracts require nighttime... more »
  • Five DPW workers suspended

    August 1, 2011 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five Department of Public Works employees in Baton Rouge face suspension without pay after errors were discovered on their timesheets. Housekeeper Ruth Stephney was suspended two days without pay. Trades technician Michael Robinson and custodian Earlene Carney will both face five-day suspensions without pay. Trades technician... more »
  • Abandoned subdivision a burden on neighbors, DPW

    July 21, 2011 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A belly-up development is over-grown and is now a dump-site in Baton Rouge. Street lights are in place, sidewalks line the fronts of intended properties and even utilities are ready for hook up, but high grass and weeds have moved into the Magnolia Trace subdivision off... more »
  • DPW and State unsure of who would redo Gardere

    July 7, 2011 7:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's a common sight on Gardere Lane in South Baton Rouge. Dozens if not hundreds of people a day walking along the street since there are no sidewalks. But it's not just sidewalks in question. Gardere runs into Pinnacle's new casino, and residents say without an... more »
  • DPW making progress on blighted BR properties

    June 20, 2011 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of abandoned houses and buildings in Baton Rouge are now community gardens after they were torn down. In less than a year the Department of Public Works has torn down more than 80 houses in the area. DPW planned to have a few more buildings demolished... more »
  • Alvin Dark residents beg for light

    June 13, 2011 9:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Folks who live on Alvin Dark in Tigerland are sick of the street living up to its name. The road is pitch black at night, leaving a lot of people too afraid to go outside after the sun sets. They say the lack of illumination has made their... more »
  • Blighted Baton Rouge buildings torn down

    June 7, 2011 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 65 blighted properties in Baton Rouge are gone, and in many of their places are community gardens like the one near the corner of Government and Eddie Robinson Drive. That's thanks to a Department of Public Works task force of four crews that tore... more »
  • Tiger Dam being removed from BR levees

    June 6, 2011 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The downtown levee in Baton Rouge could be open soon, as Department of Public Works are beginning to remove the Tiger Dam system used to protect against possible floods. Workers will take up to ten days to completely drain, remove and store the system before the levee... more »
  • Boom will be placed atop the levee for additional protection

    May 4, 2011 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the Mississippi River continues to rise, city leaders have made plans to place water filled protective boom on top of the levee. The boom will run low lying sections from North Street in downtown Baton Rouge to just past Oklahoma Street south of the Mississippi... more »
  • Where to get $2 fuel for your vehicle

    March 24, 2011 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Sticker shock is the standard at gas pumps these days, but imagine paying less than $2 a gallon for gas. You can do that right here in Baton Rouge. It's called compressed natural gas, and at stations here in Baton Rouge, the price ranges from $1.69 a... more »
  • Tips to reduce spending touch on vehicles, garbage

    February 8, 2011 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Citizens were put in charge of cutting waste in Baton Rouge a month ago and today there are more than a hundred leads in one councilman's office to do just that. Chandler Loupe says he's had a great response, even from some people within city-parish government.... more »
  • DPW begins work on Garden District sidewalks

    January 26, 2011 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Public workers are ripping up concrete in Baton Rouge's Garden District to fix sidewalks broken by tree roots. The works comes three months after a News 2 report prompted a promise from the city to fix the problem. Several homeowners had complained trees on city property were... more »
  • Rough Roads Ahead: South Harrell's Ferry Road

    November 1, 2010 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's rough roads ahead for South Harrell's Ferry Road, which has been under construction for a year, and still has a year to go. The thoroughfare was supposed to be closed between Jones Creek Road and O'Neal Lane only through August, but construction had only just... more »
  • Rough Roads: Brightside Lane

    October 31, 2010 7:01 PM

    Brightside Lane is getting a turn lane, sidewalks and bike paths to ease the flow of traffic that's exploded from college housing in the past few years, but that improvement comes at a price. The road has been a headache for drivers for a year now, and the $15... more »
  • DPW to repair sidewalks damaged by city trees

    October 13, 2010 7:01 PM

    The Department of Public Works in Baton Rouge is ready to repair blocks of sidewalks destroyed by Mother Nature. Giant live Oaks are tearing up concrete in the Garden District and beyond. A parish-wide ordinance states residence are responsible for maintaining sidewalks in front of their homes, but several... more »
  • Former DPW worker: taxpayers to pay for massive sewer system

    September 16, 2010 6:09 PM

    The Wet Weather Capacity Treatment Project is slated to stop sewage from overflowing onto Baton Rouge Streets, something that has been a problem for years and has cost the city more than $2.5 million since 2006. The EPA demanded the city stop the sewage problem. It will include two... more »
  • Road construction troubles some Baton Rouge residents

    July 19, 2010 8:41 PM

    The latest portion of a year-long road widening project in Baton Rouge has some residents and business owners concerned. Construction crews recently began work to widen a bridge near the intersection of Flannery Rd. and Florida Blvd. The bridge is part of the multi-million dollar project to improve the... more »
  • Road problems plague BR neighborhood

    October 27, 2009 2:14 PM

    Folks in one Baton Rouge neighborhood say after months of waiting, a road under construction appears to have been abandoned. Neighbors tell News 2, after a sewer project along Boone Avenue near Magnolia Wood Avenue was finished, workers neglected to repave the road. Tonight on News 2 at... more »

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