BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge will be receiving $59 million for several projects for pedestrian improvements and the rapid transit project.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the funds Friday. She said the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant will support the Airline Highway North Expansion, Florida Boulevard Corridor Enhancement, and the Scotlandville Parkway Mobility Network.
“This grant will make significant pedestrian improvements on two key corridors, add capacity to Airline Highway and help build our Bus Rapid Transit project,” Broome said. “Our successful pursuit of federal funds means we can make even more improvements with our MOVEBR projects.”
Broome said funds will be used in the following ways:
- The Airline Highway North Expansion to improve a five-mile segment of U.S. Route 190 by adding a lane in each direction, improving turn lanes, and adding connections to local transit, bike, and pedestrian networks.
- The Florida Boulevard component to make pedestrian and bus improvements and establish BRT infrastructure along approximately six miles of Business U.S. Route 90.
- The Scotlandville Parkway Mobility Network to convert an existing trail into a new, linear, multimodal pathway.