I find this proposal completely devastating to the very things I enjoy about Baton Rouge. I’m all for great infrastructure- I recently drove cross country and marveled at the smooth roads and wide interstates along the way, and laughed to myself about how far behind Louisiana lags. BUT driving through places like Dallas, for example, made me miss home. Sure, they have a loop, 6 lane wide interstates, and seemingly great infrastructure, but very few trees or character. I can best describe it as a concrete jungle. Is that what BR wants to be? Projects like Baton Rouge Green’s interstate trees, and businesses like the Overpass Merchant, to me, are what make a big vast city a place worth living. Character, charm, green spaces, etc. I don’t disagree that we have a traffic problem, but I think this is a quick fix that will barely be a drop in the traffic bucket.
DOTD will be replacing trees in accordance with their Significant Tree policy and will replant where, possible in coordination with Baton Rouge Green.