Baton Rouge neighborhood opposes I-10 widening

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - State officials are facing opposition to plans to widen Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge from businesses and residents near Perkins Road.

"It will devastate the area," Troy Menier, whose family has operated Troy's Barber Shop since 1969.

Roughly a decade ago, state leaders proposed a $200 million plan to widen I-10 from the foot of the Mississippi River Bridge to Essen Lane. But the proposal died amid heavy criticism, and much of it came from the Perkins Road overpass vicinity.

Sherri LeBas, secretary of the state Department of Transportation and Development, announced on Nov. 10 that the state plans to seek public input on finding ways to improve traffic along the four-mile corridor. Public hearings could begin in March.