City-parish taking public comments on TramLinkBR environmental assessment study

    The environmental assessment for TramLinkBR has been completed and is available online for public review.

    The 147-page document compiled by the Federal Transit Administration and the city-parish details site plans for the Nicholson Streetcar project as well as mitigation measures for environmental impacts such as noise, hazardous materials and construction.

    The streetcar would run along a roughly 3.2-mile track to connect LSU with downtown Baton Rouge.

    Among the findings in the report are that moderate noise impacts could be heard on Oklahoma and Garner streets if the appropriate measures are not taken and the inside-lane option for the streetcar would entail fewer disruptions to traffic as opposed to a proposal to put the tram lines on the outer lanes.

    “With the inside-lane track option, the median and the inside lanes would be dedicated for construction and the outside lanes would be maintained for traffic in both directions during the construction period,” the report states.

    Rannah Gray spoke at this morning’s Downtown Development District Board of Commissioner’s meeting on behalf of HNTB Corp., the architectural, engineering and planning firm selected to lead the project. She said at the public meeting on June 21, residents will be able to scrutinize the project by reviewing 24 display boards and interactive assessments.

    The next day, June 22, the Metro Council will vote on allocating funding to the project to help city and national officials move toward submitting an application for the federal grant dollars needed for the project.

    TramLinkBR is currently in the advanced conceptual engineering and environment study phase. The next step of the project, according to the timeline in the environmental assessment, is a design phase that will begin early next year and last until mid-2018.

    See the full study.

    —Ryan Broussard

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