BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Progress continues for a new four-lane roadway off Perkins Road all the way to Mall of Louisiana Blvd. But construction has been delayed until 2024.
The project broke ground in January 2021. The goal is to have a bridge over Dawson Creek, an underpass with a pump to improve drainage, and a walking path. It’s all happening in the Wimbledon Subdivision.
Homeowner Amy Moore says she’s happy because the bridge will help with the Dunham school traffic.
“Right now the people who have to drop their kids off at Dunham and pick them up are having to line up on our streets, it really closes up the neighborhood,” she said.
But, the process has not been easy. The picture below shows what Moore’s backyard looks like now before the area was full of trees and wildlife.
“I am concerned about the road noise, which I won’t be able to experience until it comes in, and maybe even some of the lighting that they install,” she said.
Baton Rouge Transportation Director Fred Raiford says the project that was set to be done this year, is now delayed until mid-2024.
“The two bridges that are being constructed by the contractor, they had a shortfall of people,” said Raiford.
Raiford says the final phase will begin next month and the city will add a privacy wall to close off the neighborhood from the roadway once the project is completed.
“What we want to do is provide multiple locations to be able to get to the interstate and get on it without tying up the two major interchanges, what we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
Moore says she’s okay with the delay since something needs to be done about traffic.
“We really need more accessibility to various areas in Baton Rouge, especially to clear out Bluebonnet. So even though it’s kind of been a slight inconvenience, I think I still have a pretty nice sized yard and it’s kind of worth it,” said Moore.
The city has addressed some homeowner safety concerns by adding a fence to separate the bridge project and homes.
The $43 million dollar project is part of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s MOVEBR initiative.