Your input needed for next 25 years of transportation projects

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Do you feel like you complain about traffic on a near daily basis? The Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) needs to hear from you.

Several open house meetings have been scheduled to gather input from the public regarding transportation priorities. Those who attend will be asked to complete a survey.

"We're not just building for today, we're building for the citizens of tomorrow," said Jamie Setze, the executive director of CRPC.

Setze said the survey data will be compiled in early 2018 into a priority list that can be used by leaders to help them decide which projects to focus on over the next 25 years. If a project does not make the list, it cannot move forward.

"If we don't know what the people need, then we may be building something that in 20 years they didn't want," Setze said.

Projects like widening I-10 through East Baton Rouge are already on the list thanks to previous surveys. Other proposals are up for consideration, including a new bridge and public transportation options like the train to New Orleans and the tram connecting LSU to downtown Baton Rouge.

Setze said it is key that everyone has their voice heard, especially now when funding for infrastructure is so tight.

"They're probably going to be more projects we can fund in the next 25 years, so giving the elected officials the information on what's important to the community will help them make better decisions," Setze said.

Backups and bottlenecks are a headache for commuters in Baton Rouge. The folks with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber said the congestion is bad for business.

"The thing that will keep us from continuing to grow is if we don't solve this traffic problem," said Michael Diresto, the senior vice president for economic competitiveness of BRAC.

The survey can be filled out online until March 26, 2017. Click here for the survey The open house meetings will be held on the following dates:

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH 

Tuesday, March 14
East Baton Rouge Main Library 
7711 Goodwood Boulevard in Baton Rouge

LIVINGSTON PARISH 

Thursday, March 16
L.M. Lockhart Community Center 
290 Martin Luther King Drive in Denham Springs

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