BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Construction debris has been piling up in Town Square in Downtown Baton Rouge. Some visitors believe it has ruined the luster of the city's new gem.
Town Square has become more than just a hot spot for big events; it is also a place where people gather for lunch.
"It's great, especially today. It's a beautiful day today. It's not too hot. The weather is perfect," Melissa Berry said.
"It's actually nice. I like to sit out here and just chill," Tikera Coleman said.
Lately, the downtown scene has gotten cluttered with construction eyesores such as cones, fences, and heavy duty equipment that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
"It wasn't like this last year, but lately here it's kind of like, can they finish. I like the scenery when it doesn't have the orange banners everywhere," Berry said.
Executive Director for the Downtown Development District, Davis Rhorer, said traffic signals are being installed at intersections in town square to help traffic move more smoothly. He said it was always part of a bigger plan for Downtown Baton Rouge but the city-parish recently secured the money to get the work going.
"They didn't have funding in place at that time. It's a completely separate project, from the master plan," Rhorer said.
The plan includes making St. Louis St., which runs into Nicholson Drive and St. Ferdinand St., which runs into Highland Road, two-way streets from North Boulevard I-10.
That would eliminate a road block at St. Louis and Louisiana, and create an additional entrance for the River Center parking garage.
When you look at it that way, patrons said, the downtown disorder suddenly does not seem so bad.
"Down here when events happen it's crazy traffic, stuck in it for hours. I'm hoping this will be the solution," Berry said.
Rhorer said the project is set to be finished in November.