2022 Legislative Funding for Central area


In the 2022 Regular Legislative session, thanks to the leading efforts of Senator Bodi White, the legislature approved over $75,000,000 worth of projects for the Central area, and with other parish projects in our area, the total goes up to over $111 million. The projects are as follows:


Roadwork:

  • Hooper Rd extension Planning & Widening (Sullivan Rd to Greenwell Springs Rd): $8,398,500. This funding is for the necessary planning to widen Hooper Rd to 4 lanes between Sullivan Rd and Greenwell Springs Rd. Actual construction funding is to be at a later date.

  • LA 3034 (Wax Rd) Spur: $6 million. This funding is to continue Wax Rd from the dead-end in Central Square to Hooper Rd just east of Shoe Creek Drive. This project has been on the city’s Master Transportation Plan and will serve as a bypass road for Sullivan Rd.

  • Sullivan Rd widening: $15,610,300. This funding secures the necessary costs for the actual road widening project between Wax Rd and Hooper Rd, including intersection work at Sullivan & Hooper. DOTD has this project on the November 2022 letting schedule.

  • LA408 (Hooper Rd widening & sewer improvements – Blackwater Rd to Sullivan Rd): $29,765,000. This funding will be combined with MovEBR parish funding to widen Hooper Rd to 4-lanes and install new sewer lines. The MovEBR program currently has this project set for bids in late 2023/early 2024.


Parks:

  • BREC Hooper Rd Sports Park: $186,389. This funding will allow additional improvements to the park at Hooper Rd & Lovett Rd. Recently all fields were turfed.

  • Central Community School System Autism Park: $500,000. This new park will be for special-needs persons and will be located on the CCSS grounds.

  • Old Greenwell Springs Park Springs Restoration: $25,000. This funding is to help restore the old springs on the old Hospital Property on Greenwell Springs Rd north of Hooper Rd.


Central Police Department:

  • Equipment/Vehicles: $500,000. This funding will go towards the purchase of new vehicles and equipment for the CPD.



Buildings/Construction:

  • City of Central Administration Building: $16,943. This funding will go towards the planning and construction of a new city hall building. Additional funds may be appropriated next session.

  • Central Community School System Sports Complex: $700,000. This funding will go towards additional improvements to the new CCSS Sports Complex at the corner of Sullivan Rd and Hooper Rd.

  • Central Athletic Foundation: $1.1 million. This funding will be used towards athletic facility improvements at Central High School as well as the CCSS Sports Park if appropriate uses are determined.

  • Pride Fire Department Indian Mound station: $820,000. This funding will help replace the fire station in the front of Indian Mound subdivision with a new station.

  • Central Community School System Multi-Use Activity Center: $12 million. This new center will include a covered arena/event complex that can seat up to 3,000 persons.


Central Chamber of Commerce:

  • Central Chamber of Commerce: $50,000. This funding will be used at the Chamber’s discretion for economic development purposes in the city.


EBR Parish Flood Control Projects:

  • EBR Flood Control Project: $34,951,787. This funding will help serve as a match on improvements to Beaver Bayou, Blackwater Bayou, Wards Creek, Jones Creek, and Bayou Fountain.


EBR Sheriff’s Office:

  • EBR Sheriff’s Office/Drug Task Force/Human Trafficking: $1 million. This funding will go towards fighting the drug/narcotics and human trafficking problems in East Baton Rouge Parish, including Central.


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