John Leerkes


I would like to express my opinion and concern about any loss of trees as a result of the I-110 widening project. Plans need to be made to address any loss of trees on the front end of the planning cycle. Having roadside trees and green infrastructure is important to the general appeal of our City and is important to me personally. The trees that will be impacted have a significant benefit to our environment as they help intercept storm water runoff and help remove pollutants and CO2 from our atmosphere. I believe DOTD should replace any removed trees at a ratio of 3 to 1, to offset the loss of so many mature trees. I hope you will give this matter proper consideration. Like many other concerned citizens, I want Baton Rouge to keep pace with other “smart” cities on this critical issue.


DOTD will be replacing trees in accordance with their Significant Tree policy and will replant where, possible in coordination with Baton Rouge Green.