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Meeting scheduled to discuss Nicholson widening project

7 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, February 18 2016 Feb 18, 2016 February 18, 2016 9:34 AM February 18, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Joe Hagan, Ambria Washington

BATON ROUGE- Traffic officials are holding a meeting to talk about traffic improvements in Baton Rouge Thursday night.

Multiple transporation agencies will release more information about the Nicholson widening project. DOTD plans to expand the section of Nicholson from Gourrier, near Burbank Drive, to Brightside. Officials want to add two more lanes to the road, in an effort to cut down on the traffic that builds up.

The project is part of the Green Light Plan that was approved back in 2006. Before crews can start work, officials need to explore the environmental impact of the project. Part of the environmental assessment requires officials to hold public meetings.

Greenlight officials say a wider road would help ease the contraflow on Nicholson Drive after big events like home LSU football games and Bayou Country Superfest.

One major concern of the widening project is the funding aspect. DOTD expect it to cost about $20 million.

The design process could begin as early as 2018 and would take about eight months to complete.

Tonight's meeting will be held at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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