After saying earlier this year that work on Government Street wouldn’t wrap up until 2021, state transportation officials say that timeline has been shortened and the work will be finished next year.
The $11.7 million project—transforming Government into a “complete street” that’s more user-friendly for cyclists and pedestrians—was originally scheduled to be completed this summer. Weather and various technical challenges pushed the date back to 2021, but officials are now saying the work will be done by next year.
“We’re right on schedule to finish in early 2020,” says Rodney Mallett, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, which is completing project before turning the road over to the city-parish. “We had a delay with all the winter weather, but (construction) catches up during good weather.”
Construction—and its delays—over four miles of Government Street, from East Boulevard downtown to the Lobdell Avenue intersection near Independence Park, has created to challenges for businesses along the corridor.
Once the project is completed, there will be one travel lane in each direction with two-way-left-turn availability in the center, as well as sidewalk improvements with ADA accessible ramps and bicycle lanes in each direction. DOTD also plans to install a roundabout where Government intersects with Lobdell and Independence Park Boulevard.
Citing safety concerns, DOTD expects the diet to reduce the number of crashes along the route by 25%.