State and city officials will celebrate the 17th road construction project completed under the Green Light Plan Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Highland Road.
The $14.9 million project included widening the road from two lanes to a four-lane, divided highway from Perkins Road to Airline Highway, according to a news release from the city-parish.
Construction on the project started in January 2009.
The project also included new bridge crossings at Ward’s Creek and Old Ward’s Creek, and intersection improvements at Barringer Foreman Road and Highland Road as well as at Perkins Road and Airline Highway.
In addition, there were upgrades made at the railroad crossings near Perkins Road, which were completed by Kansas City Southern Railroad Company.
“The improvements included within the Highland Road project, from the widening of the roadway to key intersection and bridge crossing improvements, open up yet another critical artery in East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, in a press release.
The Green Light Plan uses a voter-approved half-cent sales and use tax that extended a previous tax for street and road improvements until 2030, said John Snow, Green Light Plan spokesman.
The Green Light Plan includes 36 new projects and six existing projects for a total of 42 projects, he said. The total estimated value of the Green Light Plan is $650 million, Snow said. Currently, there are 11 projects under construction in the parish.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the project right-of-way at Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road.