BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new project is officially underway to make north Baton Rouge safer.
Mayor Kip Holden hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning for the Green Light plan's Fairchild-Badley Road project near the Immaculate Conception Church on Curtis Street.
Holden talked about the success of the Green Light plan from downtown Baton Rouge to Zachary to Central. The goal is to replace narrow roadways, adding sidewalks and drainage improvements.
"The Fairchild-Badley Road project will replace the existing narrow, two-lane, open ditch roadway from Scenic Highway to Veterans Memorial Boulevard with a two-lane curb and gutter roadway," officials said in a written release. "Roadway improvements also extend to include 600 feet of Elm Grove Garden Drive, from the Fairchild-Badley Road at Elm Groove Garden Drive intersection north to the Elm Grove bridge, which will tie into improvements previously made to Elm Grove Garden Drive through a separate Green Light Plan project."
Additional improvements include a focus on safe access to the roadway area for pedestrians. The construction cost is $4.6 million, which is funded by the public bid process. It is expected to be completed by December 2015.