Baton Rouge pedestrian and bike master plan in final stages

    Development of the master plan for a cohesive network of pedestrian and bike paths stretching across East Baton Rouge Parish is in the final stages, the Downtown Development District announced at its commissioner’s meeting this morning.

    DDD Development Project Director Whitney Cooper said the plan—a collaborative effort between the city-parish, BRAF, BREC and other local agencies—is expected to go before the Metro Council this summer for final approval.

    DDD Executive Director Davis Rhorer met with stakeholders with BREC, DOTD and the city-parish yesterday about the plan. His main concern, he told the commission, was ensuring there are clear steps for putting the master plan into effect.

    There are also some federal grants available to help cover the cost of implementing the plan, Davis says, adding that he felt good about the meeting.

    The DDD also announced construction on the second phase of the Town Square renovations is expected to be completed by the end of the month, with furniture coming in next month, marking the end of the Town Square project.

    On May 30, construction on the Downtown Greenway project will start and is slated to be completed by the end of the year. TL Hawk was selected to complete the $1.4 million project.

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