Nicholson Drive to be widened to four lanes; construction set to start in 2024
BATON ROUGE - City officials shared a first look at Nicholson Drive's $15 million upgrade in the coming years.
The first phase, of what is planned to be a three-phase project, will focus on Nicholson between Brightside Drive and Gourrier Avenue, along the edge of campus. According to city leaders with the MOVEBR project, the heavily-traveled street will be widened to four lanes with a median in the center, a 10-foot shared path, and bike lanes on either side. The plan will also include "J" turns that organizers believe will reduce left-turn crashes.
"Of course, when you have a divided highway, you can't make left turns as much as you could before, so these 'J' turns are going to be a way to safely and efficiently move traffic that are taking left-hand turns," said Mark Armstrong with the city-parish government.
Drainage will also be improved, and traffic lights will be synchronized by the time the I-10 widening project starts,
The project is in the planning and design phase, with the next step being right-of-way acquisition with DOTD. Construction is slated to begin in 2024 and is expected to take about two years to complete.
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