BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The heart of downtown Baton Rouge has taken a beating, with all of the construction around Town Square.
The work centers on a project that was supposed to be done last month, but it is clear there is still plenty of work to do.
"It's so pretty," said Amy Brown. "Look at the picture I took earlier, just walking up. I was like, 'This is just gorgeous.'"
Brown and her son, Landry, enjoyed a quiet afternoon in Town Square on Tuesday. While the city is typically bustling with business and traffic, some find it's the perfect place to relax.
"I love it down there," said Anisha Burton. "I like the atmosphere, really. It's warm and cozy. It reminds me of downtown NOLA, where I'm from."
Town Square has become a hot spot for big events, like live concerts and the Red Stick Revelry on New Year's Eve, which drew thousands of people to the center of the city. Those sights and sounds are set to return in less than one month and the view, some say, is an embarrassment.
"It looks like they're digging up the ground for some reason," Burton added.
Store fronts and public areas are cluttered with construction cones, fences and barricades.
"I don't see the use for them," said Rico Paul. "They are just there. There isn't any work going on there."
Traffic signals are being installed in Town Square. The posts are planted, but traffic lights are still missing.
"It's not good for tourism, definitely, but as far as them supposed to be putting traffic lights up, it's not a finished project or close to it," Burton explained.
The complete project includes making St. Louis Street, which runs into Nicholson Drive and St. Ferdinand Street, which runs into Highland Road, into two-way streets from the square to the interstate. It would create another entrance for the River Center parking garage.
However, city leaders say the entire Town Square project got delayed in October when a contractor working on the west garage accidentally cut a support cable that runs through the concrete. The garage is still closed.
"It's not the weather," said Cedric Williams. "It barely rained, so they shouldn't have no excuses."
"Who wants to see this? This is our view. They need to hurry it up. Snap, snap," Brown added.