Most of the major road improvements on Jones Creek Road have been completed as part of the city-parish’s Green Light Plan, according to a news release.

Mayor-President Kip Holden will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday marking the near completion of the project. The Green Light Plan is a program to improve roads and related infrastructure in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. near Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3701 Jones Creek Road.

With a total construction cost of $12.4 million, the improvements to Jones Creek Road include the widening of the previous two-lane, undivided road to a new, four-lane road that includes sidewalks, a raised median from Coursey Boulevard to South Harrell’s Ferry Road, and allows for bicycle access along the road.

Unfinished work on Jones Creek includes a section from South Harrell’s Ferry to just south of First Pentecostal Church of Baton Rouge as well as the Jones Creek-South Harrell’s Ferry intersection.

Improvements included within the project also include major bridge upgrades consisting of a new bridge crossing Jones Creek, shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge, and the re-alignment of the roadway at Jones Creek.

Voters agreed in 2005 to extend an existing half-cent “pothole tax” for 23 years, allowing bonds to be issued to pay for the large road improvements program.