With parts of the Central Thruway now visible from streets in and around Central, an update seems in order to help us all to better understand more about this emerging new route to and from Central. CentralSpeaks.com spent Monday afternoon on a tour of the Central Thruway, and would like to thank Metro Council Member Scott Wilson for making it happen. Thanks also to Central photographer Mike Spangler for riding along and taking photos. The following are excerpts from information provided to CentralSpeaks.com by Mr. Bryan Harmon of the EBR Department of Public Works.
Central Thruway Phase I
Clearing and Embankment (complete)
Comite & Beaver Bayou No. 1 Bridges – 99% Complete
Completion: February 2011
Sullivan & ICCN Railrd. Bridges- 97% Complete
Est. Completion: March 2011
Paving Florida Blvd to Sullivan Bridge – 65% Complete
Est. Completion: March 2011
Central Thruway Phase II
Clear & Grub/ Embankment and Beaver Bayou No. 2 & 3 Bridges – 60% Complete
Est. Completion: August 2011
Greenwell Springs Intersection Improvements and Connection to Sullivan Rd – Anticipated Projected Start Date: August 2011 -
Projected Completion: June 2012
Central Thruway Phase III
Final Paving below Greenwell Springs Intersection- Projected Start Date: July 2011- Projected Completion: Mar 2012
The Entire Project is anticipated to be complete by mid 2012, portions of the project can be opened in 2011: Florida to Frenchtown and Frenchtown To Sullivan
Project Descriptive Summary:
Central Thruway is a new roadway extending from the intersection of Florida Blvd northward to Sullivan Rd. Total project length is approximately 4.1 miles; however, the project includes seven bridges which includes one RailRoad overpass that totals approx 7,100 feet.
The project was planned to function as a part of an improved multi-lane highway corridor that extends from Nicholson Dr in southwest Baton Rouge to Hooper Rd and ultimately I-110. (i.e. Nicholson to Bluebonnet, Bluebonnet to Coursey, Coursey to George O’Neal, George O’Neal to O’Neal, O’Neal to I-12, O’Neal@ I-12 to Florida, Central Thruway from Florida to Frenchtown Rd, Central Thwy @ Frenchtown to Greenwell Springs Rd, Central Thwy at Greenwell Springs to Sullivan, and Sullivan to Hooper). You will find that many of the ½ Sales Tax Program Roadway Projects were selected to create this improved multi-lane corridor with: Bluebonnet, George O’Neal, O’Neal, Central Thruway, Sullivan, and Hooper all being included in that program.
The project will provide intersections and or improved intersections at: Florida Blvd, S. Choctaw, Hamilton Dr, Frenchtown Rd, Greenwell Springs Rd, and Sullivan Rd. As noted above the project will provide a direct access to Florida Blvd (US Hwy 90) and I-12. The project provides flood evacuation routes across the Comite River and Beaver Bayou and will provide an over-pass over the ICCN RailRoad.
This project was designed to follow all “federal” procedures including: design, environmental, right of way, and construction. By fully complying with the federal process it has allowed this project to be eligible for federal highway dollars which has allowed the City-Parish move projects up that were contained in the sales tax program that other wise would not have been addressed for years to come
The overall total project cost is approximately $73.2 million dollars, of that approximately $11.4
million were “non-construction” related such as: engineering, surveys, environmental, geotechnical, appraisal services, relocation services, right of way, wetland permits, wetland mitigation, utility relocations… The remaining approximate $61.8 million is for construction.