Ask the Advocate: Changes in store at Highland Road, Pecue Lane; plans for downtown movie theater? _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Changes are in store for the intersection of Highland Road and Pecue Lane.

QUESTION: Are there any plans to install a red light at the intersection of Highland Road and Pecue Lane? There is a huge volume of traffic there, and there have been numerous accidents. A red light would be so beneficial.

ANSWER: Ingolf A. Partenheimer, the city-parish’s chief traffic engineer, says: “This location has been receiving a lot of attention over the last couple of months. Currently, both a traffic signal and a roundabout are being considered for this location. With the Pecue Interchange on the horizon, traffic projections are being developed in order to determine the impact of the new full interchange at this location and ultimately provide the best solution.

“The topography of the intersection will also play a role. Given the information already generated, the intersection will not stay as is. This is a state Department of Transportation and Development-owned intersection so we are working closely with the state traffic engineers to provide the best solution.”

You can always go ... downtown

QUESTION: Since downtown Baton Rouge seems to be growing with things like grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses, my wife and I would like to know what is the possibility of some type of movie theater being built in the downtown area?

ANSWER: Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, tells us: “With growing development on several fronts, downtown Baton Rouge is poised for additional development like a commercial movie theater.

“Just like the recently opened Matherne’s grocery store, as the only store along the river corridor in the inner city, the area is becoming more and more ripe for this type of development.

“In the meantime, one can experience movies (foreign, classics, children’s, film festivals, etc.) weekly in the Manship Theater at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown. In addition, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum Planetarium features special movies in the planetarium dome. Check them out!”

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