Public hearings on B.R. Loop project set

Public hearings on B.R. Loop project set

Before the Capital Area Expressway Authority can wrap up the first tier of an environmental impact study on the controversial Baton Rouge Loop project, a series of public hearings will be held in early December to get feedback on the plan.

Baton Rouge Loop program manager Suzanne McCain says once comments are collected, the next step will be to review them for any potential in making changes to the plan, and then choose the most feasible part of the project to proceed with a more extensive environmental study.

"That would take about 18 months," McCain says of the study. "The north bypass, which would essentially connect Livingston Parish to downtown Baton Rouge—that section appears to be more feasible than the rest, based on what you could collect on tolls."

Officials from the Capital Area Expressway Authority, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the Federal Highway Administration will be at the public hearings.

The first will take place Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at BREC headquarters, 6201 Florida Blvd. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, meetings will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Gonzales at the Pecan Grove Primary School, 1712 S. Pecan Grove Ave., and at the Iberville Parish Optional Education Center in Plaquemine, 58060 Plaquemine St. Meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 7, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Port Allen Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson Ave., and the Denham Springs High School Jacket Gym, 1000 Range Road.
Comments can also be submitted in writing until Monday, Jan. 9, and should be addressed to Suzanne McCain, P.E., 9100 Bluebonnet Centre Blvd., Suite 301, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.

Read a Business Report story about the prospects for the Baton Rouge Loop here.

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