Plans underway to connect Downtown Greenway to Government Street

As the Downtown Greenway begins to take shape, plans are in the works to add a new segment to the corridor that will link Government Street to the bike and pedestrian corridor currently under construction between downtown and Mid City.

The Louisiana Avenue Connector is the latest addition planned for the Downtown Greenway, a 2.75-mile bike and pedestrian corridor that will link downtown with inner-city neighborhoods, City Park, the LSU lakes, Southdowns and beyond.

The connector will be about 0.5 miles and will run from East Boulevard at Louisiana Avenue to Eddie Robinson Drive, and continue under Interstate 110 to Government Street.

Separately, plans are in the works for a change to a nearly 3-mile stretch of Government Street in Mid City. In a project known as the Government Street Road Diet, the thoroughfare will be converted from four lanes to three, and turning and bike lanes will be added. The bike lanes along Government Street will stop at Eddie Robinson Drive, so tying in the Downtown Greenway at that juncture will give cyclists a continuous bike path from downtown to Mid City.

“This will be wonderful because it will connect Government Street to the Greenway,” says Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer. “And where it goes under the interstate, we will add some cool lighting and landscaping, so it will be very nice.”

The Louisiana Avenue Connector will cost an estimated $200,000. No funding source has been identified but Rhorer says he will seek grants to cover the cost.

Last May, the first phase of the Downtown Greenway was officially dedicated with the opening of a trailhead at Expressway Park in Old South Baton Rouge. Work on the greenway is progressing in different phases in different parts of the city. The plan is to eventually run the trails to BREC Memorial Park and connect with trails running as far south as Siegen Lane.

—Stephanie Riegel

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