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New Baton Rouge bike paths in the works

Plans to extend Baton Rouge’s Downtown Greenway walking and bike path to Expressway Park—and eventually to the LSU Lakes—are taking shape.

The state Department of Transportation and Development will put a contract out to bid this month for the expansion of the Downtown Greenway multi-use path. It will extend east along North Boulevard, from Maximillian Street to East Boulevard, and then half a mile south down East Boulevard to Expressway Park near the Interstate-10/Interstate-110 junction, says Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer.

The Metro Council approved the project at its Sept. 26 meeting. Construction is expected to cost $1.25 million, with 80% funded by a federal grant and 20% funded by a local match. The work will take about nine months once the contract is awarded.

Rhorer adds that a separate project—phase one of DOTD’s I-10 widening—will later add bike lanes along Terrace Avenue and Braddock Street, which will connect to trails near City Park and the LSU lakes. Another bike route with sharrows along Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive is in the works, also leading to the City Park and LSU lakes area.

From there, Rhorer says the city-parish is expected to develop a bike path next year along Hyacinth Avenue, from Stanford Avenue to Glasgow Avenue. Cyclists can then continue through the rear of the Rouzan and Pollard Estates neighborhoods to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Kenilworth Parkway, and eventually connect to planned BREC bike paths through the Baton Rouge Health District and other planned and existing paths leading beyond Siegen Lane.

“Cyclists will be able to go from the Mississippi River all the way to Siegen Lane,” Rhorer says. “And that’s just one half of it.”

The other end of the Downtown Greenway connects to the Mississippi River Levee Bike Path, which is also being extended south to L’Auberge Casino.

Meanwhile, BREC received a grant last year to construct bike paths connecting downtown and north Baton Rouge. The first phase will begin at Memorial Stadium and end at Scotlandville Parkway, while the second phase will provide connections into downtown with links to the Downtown Greenway.

The north Baton Rouge bike path is part of BREC’s Capital Area Pathways Project, which also includes the Farr Park Trail, the Health Loop/Ward’s Creek Trail from The Mall of Louisiana to The Grove and the Perkins/Pennington Trail.  

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