Anyone who has ever driven down Government St in Mid-City Baton Rouge, is well aware of the obvious need for a makeover. The bustling street is home to many small, local shops, including our own. I drive down Government daily and I’m now quite familiar with all the dips, bumps and potholes to avoid. All of that knowledge is about to be obsolete, for which I’m thankful! Government St., starting on January 8, 2018, is getting its face-lift.
Construction will take 385 “contractor days”, which we all know really means about 2 years. That said, once the 11 million dollar project is complete, Government will resemble that of Magazine St. in New Orleans, which is known for its walkable streets, meandering in and out of small, local art galleries and coffee shops. Government St., currently 4 lanes (2 going, 2 coming), will become only a two lane road, with a center turn lane, side walks, and a bike path. What is almost, if not equally exciting is that trees will be added and will line the street. Some good landscaping can really turn the somewhat blight scenery into something gorgeous that people in the Baton Rouge community will want to walk or ride their bikes through.
The construction will break ground near where the interstate and Government St intersect and will work its way east, stopping at N. Foster, where the road will remain 4 lanes.
We’re so thrilled to see this sort of progression in Mid City! Baton Rouge has potential to develop an identity that stands equal to New Orleans or Austin and through projects like this and the Electric Depot, a massive social gathering place featuring a bowling alley, restaurant, bar and housing coming 2019, we’re rapidly getting there.
Garrett J. Kemp, owner