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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 are worn into the ground where people have made their own walking trails to avoid getting hit.

Wednesday, the Metro Council could approve a project to build sidewalks along the street.  The project would be funded with both local and federal funds.  Early estimates put the project at about $1.2 million.

It's bitter sweet news to people who walk Gardere, like Floyd Norman who was riding his bike along the street back in September when he was hit.

"I was knocked off my bike," he said. "I broke my shoulder and my wrist."

It took Norman about four months to recover and he quit riding his bike on Gardere. 

"Got no room to ride a bike, no bike lanes, no sidewalks, so I got to walk," he said.

Other cyclists have died while riding in the street. A ghost bike at Gardere and Pascagoula marks the spot where a biker was hit and killed.

A similar project that could be approved Wednesday will also fund a sidewalk project in North Baton Rouge in the Hanks Drive and Landis Drive area.

 

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