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Downtown workers upset over handicapped parking loss

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BATON ROUGE - Some downtown state workers in Baton Rouge are upset over losing handicapped parking spaces in a lot between the State Library and the Department of Children and Family Services.

The Division of Administration says it's a shuffle to accommodate the Office of State Printing's move to the Iberville Building downtown. The state feels it's important to provide its state workers with adequate and accessible parking. However, some handicapped drivers feel they're being pushed farther from work.

"No I don't think it's right at all. I think it's very inconsiderate in fact," one woman said. "If they're going to do that I'll probably not take a job down here, because I can't really walk long distances. I get really tired, and my legs hurt. So that would be one thing that would hinder people from getting employment down this way."

Workers spent Friday painting yellow stripes in the parking lot and labeling reserved parking spaces for mail and maintenance trucks. The state says mail trucks cannot fit in the nearby LaSalle Garage, so the shuffle is the best option.

The state says handicapped drivers can park in one of the 25 handicapped spaces available in the LaSalle Garage down the street that are not used on a daily basis.


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