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Update: Government Street Road Diet moving along

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Update: Work along Government Street is set to move into its fourth month this week. The construction is an effort to transform the Mid-City area.

The slim-down project is taking place in sections. So far, crews have been able to complete 1 mile of the outside lane, including curbs, sidewalks, and driveways. Construction began on January 25, and heading into March had already tallied 24 days of work.

The ultimate goal of the project is to turn the area into a destination location.

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BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and city transportation leaders will meet today to discuss the progress of a big project.

The Government Street Road Diet finally started late last month. Over four miles of the road is going to be redone and slimmed down. The $11.7 million road diet will reduce the number of travel lanes from four lanes to three. Once the project is done, there will be one travel lane in each direction with a two-way-left-turn-lane in the middle.

The project also includes sidewalk improvements with ADA accessible ramps and bicycle lanes in each direction. Construction stretches from East Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge to the Lobdell Avenue intersection near Independence Park.

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