BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Phase one is underway at the Louisiana State Capitol on a $4.37 million project to make security improvements to the buildings, grounds and surrounding areas.
The Division of the Administration said the project aims to increase physical security, including additional security cameras and guard stations, as well as safer vehicle routes. The project will also create a more pedestrian-friendly Capitol Park and improve the flow of traffic.
"I think it's probably a smart idea," said Mary O'Brien with the state Senate legal staff. "This Capitol is visited by people from all over the world, lots of people, every day and it's hard to be sure of everyone. So, I think it's probably not a bad idea. We had a man up on our floor a few days ago. We didn't know who he was and he just sort of wandered in there and it sort of made you uneasy, but I think he was fine, but you do worry a little bit when the access is so open."
Details of the project, as provided by the Division of the Administration, are below.
Work is expected to be complete before the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session, which begins in April.