News roundup: Baton Rouge natives start new podcast highlighting people working to make the city a better place … Permits pulled for Capitol City Produce’s $7.8M warehouse expansion … Union Pacific Railroad begins construction on new bridge in Donaldsonville

    On air: Baton Rouge natives Jacob Jolibois and Abe Felix are launching a new podcast to share stories of hope and progress. Called altBR, the podcast is a “long-form, interview style show giving voice to the people who are in the trenches, making Baton Rouge a better place,” according to a news release. The podcast is set to launch on Monday. Guests come from diverse backgrounds, genders and races. They also represent more than 20 different industries in Baton Rouge. “As artists with backgrounds in filmmaking and writing, we felt a responsibility to give back to Baton Rouge through storytelling. When we discussed it, we both knew it had to have a social mission—to serve our city by giving its people a voice,” says Jolibois.

    Expanding: Permits have been pulled for Capitol City Produce’s planned $7.8 million expansion of its warehouse at 16550 Commercial Ave., just off O’Neal Lane near its intersection with Interstate 12. The company is expanding the warehouse to keep up with the demand for local produce, to continue growing the business, and to offer customers more speciality and nutritional foods. According to the permit information, Capitol City Produce will renovate and add 48,154 square feet to its existing 38,883-square-foot warehouse for a total of 89,277 square feet of warehouse space. It also will add a new concrete parking area.  The warehouse is expected to be open in the first quarter of 2017.

    Building a bridge: Union Pacific Railroad began construction this week on a new 102-foot bridge over Bayou Lafourche in Donaldsonville to replace the existing crossing made up of box culverts. Work is currently scheduled to be completed by year’s end, according to a news release. The bridge is part of the state’s efforts to reintroduce freshwater from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lafourche. “Once the bridge is complete, water will flow unimpeded through the crossing, allowing immediate increased pumping capacity,” says Ben Malbrough, executive director of the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District. A temporary bridge will be constructed alongside existing track during the project’s first phase. Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states.

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