BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Wednesday, the East Baton Rouge Metro-Council gave the green light for a long awaited drainage projects.
Now three decades in the making, the long awaited drainage projects are moving forward.
The Metro Council approved a measure allowing the city-parish to begin acquiring any necessary properties so that work on the projects can begin.
“It’s important for us to move through this project and I know the public is going to be pretty excited when we tell them. Here, take a photo they’re actually starting to clear and snag these channels that need to be done” said Fred Raiford, Director for East Baton Rouge’s Transportation and Drainage.
The five tributaries project calls for clearing out and enhancing the drainage capacity of five major watersheds in the parish:
The first three projects will be clearing and cleaning three of the five tributaries: Jones Creek, Wards Creek and Bayou Fountain.
Raiford said, now with the metro-council approval, they can move forward with appraisals and making offers to acquire property.
The next step will be advertising bids and then the final stretch, awarding contracts.
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