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  • Potholes costing you Play Video

    November 23, 2015 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - They tend to pop up unexpectedly and there's often no time to avoid them. Potholes form in asphalt after water seeps into the soil underneath and traffic passes over the failing area. It's no surprise to Baton Rouge drivers that potholes vary in size, but big or... more »
  • DPW plans job fair to help get more workers Play Video

    October 12, 2015 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Public Works is planning a job fair after struggling to keep and find new employees on the job. "Sometimes I'll see some people come out and cut then maybe another 8 to 9 months to a year I don't see nobody," said Joseph Muhammad. ... more »
  • Sewer improvements might prevent overflowing Play Video

    September 1, 2015 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works' SSO Program is taking an active approach in dealing with overflowing sewers. Crews with the Department of Environmental Services are installing sewer overflow alarms and tracking systems in about 20 manholes around the parish. These systems could help make flooding a... more »
  • Sinkhole causes sewer problems, residents ask for help Play Video

    August 27, 2015 11:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents in North Baton Rouge are tired of the giant sinkhole swallowing their backyards. They told us they have contacted City Hall, but they are moving at a turtle's pace. Now people are getting hurt, falling in to the hole and being attacked by wildlife. The worst... 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 »
  • Deputies investigating body found in DPW lot

    February 26, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's investigators said they don't suspect foul play in the death of a man whose body was found in an East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works lot. Deputies said the man's body was found around 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the North Maintenance Lot on Highway... more »
  • DPW builds wrong speed bumps in neighborhood Play Video

    February 24, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly installed speed bumps are already needing repairs on a few streets in one neighborhood since cars are scraping the top of them. The Department of Public Works installed more than five in the Inniswold community after residents asked for them. They complained drivers, using the... more »
  • Sidewalk plan for deadly street Play Video

    January 27, 2015 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A street that has become deadly for pedestrians could see improvements soon. There are no sidewalks along Gardere Lane. Ditches line either side of the road in some places, at times forcing people to walk or ride their bike in the street. There are dirt paths... more »
  • Police: theft scheme uncovered after bizarre dump truck crash Play Video

    January 8, 2015 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three people were arrested in a bizarre limestone theft scheme that included significant - and expensive damage - to utility lines recently. Police arrested Kevin Coleman, Donald Moore and Keith D. Harrison Thursday. Coleman and Moore, both 52, were arrested earlier in the day while Harrison... more »
  • DPW secures construction site after WBRZ inquiry Play Video

    December 30, 2014 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About a week after a child fell into a hole and drowned, more unsecured holes were spotted around East Baton Rouge Parish. The holes along Claycut Road in mid-city are intended to prepare ground for sewer work. The work activity is utility relocations and adjustments in... more »
  • Perkins widening plan concerning for some Play Video

    December 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A first-hand look at an effort to widen Perkins Road from Siegen to Highland has some concerned about the construction plan. The project has been in the works for 10 years and Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and Development along with city-parish government presented its plan... more »
  • Matrix-like computer could be traffic's blue pill Play Video

    November 12, 2014 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A high-tech traffic command center is up and running and is designed to keep your commute on point in the morning. About 500 cameras, linked together, give traffic engineers at the Department of Public Works a better view of what's happening on streets. The project has... more »
  • City workers damage church during construction Play Video

    September 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pastor in north Baton Rouge said the city owes him thousands for damaging his church while doing construction close by. Large tree limbs fell on the roof at Grace and Mercy Ministries on Wilbur Street, where Wilbert Jones ministers to his flock. "I feel... more »
  • 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 »

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