1. The public needs and deserves to be informed about how this project is being coordinated with the City Parish effort to “improve” the overpass/Perkins area and the private effort to
reinvigorate the lakes and surrounding parkway. Are these projects going to run concurrently? Are they going to function separately adding years to the varying projected length (5,7,9
longer??) of this project. THIS MUST BE CLARIFIED BEFORE MOVING FORWARD.
DOTD has and continues to coordinate with the City and Parish as well as the Baton Rouge Area Foundation regarding their proposed projects. The City and BRAF projects are separate projects not funded, managed or controlled by DOTD. A number of meetings have been held with these and other stakeholders regarding the Perkins ramp area and the lakes. DOTD is evaluating a signature bridge over the lake and is working with City regarding features that may be provided in the Perkins ramp area. A joint use agreement with the City is anticipated. This coordination is ongoing. No final decisions have been made at this time. The decisions made will be included in the Environmental Assessment.