BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A $52.3 million construction project on I-10/I-12 College Drive is set to begin at the end of the month.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) officials said tree removal will start soon — an act that has upset local nonprofit, Baton Rouge Green. The organization is dedicated to creating green spaces in the Baton Rouge area.
DOTD officials said that every tree removed will be replaced with two new trees, which will be planted by Baton Rouge Green.
“We were devastated when we learned of the tree removals. Years of time, care and philanthropic resources have gone into every one of our 4000+ Living Roadways trees. However, we are very encouraged by DOTD’s commitment to replanting two trees for each one lost. The partnership we have developed with DOTD and the contractor is a new model for all parties involved. We look forward to reimagining this entire corridor and replanting using only native species, while putting to use the decades of knowledge and experience we have accumulated doing this work,” said Baton Rouge Green Executive Director Sage Foley.
“In order to move forward with this project, we must clear some of the trees in this area to allow for the construction of the new ramp,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph. D. “It is unfortunate that we must do so. However, we have pledged to replace each tree cut with two new ones. We will make every effort to preserve as many trees as possible and keep the aesthetic appeal these offer for this corridor. To ensure we have the best possible scenario, we have partnered with Baton Rouge Green. They are experts in the field and have been beneficial to our community for a long time.”
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