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New shortcut that could help traffic on Bluebonnet Blvd. set to be built

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Driving Bluebonnet Boulevard can be futile if someone need to get somewhere as traffic feeds constantly from the mall, office buildings and the interstate. However, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council is moving forward with plans to build a shortcut. 

Councilman John Delgado said he's sick of seeing awful traffic on Bluebonnet Boulevard. 

"Right now we see what Bluebonnet looks like every day. Rush hour traffic trying to get onto the interstate. It is bumper to bumper," Delgado said.  

He and other council members believe they have a solution with a new route connecting Perkins Road to Mall of Louisiana Boulevard near the entrance to I-10. 

The idea is a part of the Green Light Plan, and it has been in the works since 2005. 

On Wednesday, June 8, the council approved the next phase in which appraisers will examine the area and determine how much land the city will need to buy. 

Jonathan Charbonnet with the Green Light Plan said he has had concerns about that area for a long time. He believes drivers don't have enough ways to get to the interstate. 

"It's another avenue for drivers to get to I-10 in an area that has limited access," Charbonnet said. 

But it will come with a cost of around $37 million. That money is on hand and will come from the Green Light Plan fund, which is paid for by the half-cent sales tax increase that was implemented in 2005.

"It's gonna be an expensive program, no doubt about it," Delgado said. "But the results are gonna be more than worth the expense." 

Delgado said appraisers will start working within the next few months. The council expects the road to be finished by 2019. 

Charbonnet said he wants to break ground by December.  

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