$59M for Pedestrian Improvements and Rapid Transit Project in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge will receive $59 million for several pedestrian improvement projects and the rapid transit project.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the funds on Friday. She said the INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America) grant would support the expansion of the Skyway north, the improvement of the Florida Boulevard Corridor and the Scotlandville Parkway Mobility Network.

“This grant will provide significant pedestrian improvements on two key corridors, increase the capacity of the Skyway and help build our bus rapid transit project,” Broome said. “Our successful pursuit of federal funds means we can make even more improvements with our MOVEBR projects.”

Broome said the funds will be used as follows:

  • Airline Highway North expansion to improve a five-mile segment of U.S. Route 190 by adding one lane in each direction, improving turn lanes, and adding connections to local transit, bicycle and pedestrians.
  • The Florida Boulevard component to provide pedestrian and bus improvements and establish BRT infrastructure along approximately six miles of Business U.S. Route 90.
  • The Scotlandville Parkway Mobility Network to convert an existing footpath into a new multi-modal linear footpath.

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