BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After a Southern University student was hit and killed at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Harding Blvd, East Baton Rouge Metro-Councilwoman Chauna Banks is looking to make the intersection safer.
The busy intersection at the foot of the hump leading to Southern University can be very dangerous.
In April, a Southern University student was hit by two cars while walking back to campus from work. The drivers kept going and days later, the 18-year-old died from his injuries.
“Quite frankly Baton Rouge is behind in making sure that pedestrians feel safe and making sure there is adequate infrastructure to meet those needs. It is very much unfortunate and I’m glad this project is moving to the forefront,” said Banks.
The item was introduced at Wednesday’s Metro Council Meeting and would include more lights and safety measures that don’t exist there.
East Baton Rouge Parish Transpiration Director Fred Raiford says, he has driven along the stretch and agrees it need more safety measures, but this stretch of Scenic is a state highway and cannot be modified without DOTD’s approval.
“Lighting is an issue and I also believe that signals and cross walks would be more appropriate at this location. We certainly have to get permits and permission to be able to do any of the improvements along this roadway,” says Raiford.
The project would be a part of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s MovEBR initiative and could prevent another tragedy in that area.
It says to not only me as representing the area but also a resident of Scotlandville, we matter. That having those quality-of-life assets that are found around safety,” said Banks.