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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is holding a public meeting on the proposed Government Street “Road Diet” on Thursday, Dec. 17.

The meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy at 440 Marquette Street.

This is the first time project managers are inviting the public to come look at plans and ask questions. In recent weeks, DOTD held a meeting for business owners on Government Street.

DOTD will give a presentation explaining the details of project and then the public will be invited to speak with representatives about their specific questions.

The road diet plan stretches from East Boulevard to Lobdell Avenue. The plan is to reduce Government Street from four lanes to two lanes with a turning lane in the middle. There are also plans to add bike lanes and improve sidewalks. The construction and restriping will be funded by federal grant dollars managed through the state.

Advocates of the project say it will make the roadway more pedestrian and cyclist friendly, and attracting more restaurants and shops to locate. Opponents say they are concerned that reducing the lanes on the heavily trafficked street will only exacerbate traffic congestion.

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