New plan hopes to fix Baton Rouge bridge issue

New plan hopes to fix city bridge issue

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Metro Council members are set to hear a new plan that will hopefully fix several bridges in the city.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney's Office plans to ask Metro Council members permission to purchase land around the many bridges that are closed, in hopes to widen and make other repairs. This includes bridges on Chimes, E. Garfield, and Taylor streets.

Issac Simien has only been able to walk across the Chimes St. bridge for about a year and said he is tired of it being in shambles.

"I figured it would be a nice idea to fix the bridge up because it looks a mess," said Simien. "I see cars make funky U-turns and it's kind of disappointing to see."

Most bridges that are set to be fix are in South Baton Rouge, which is Councilwoman Tara Wicker's district. She said she is glad something is finally being done.

"To see it on the agenda and moving forward speaks volumes to the resurgence of this area," said Wicker.

Council members could vote on this plan as early as the next council meeting.

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