A Message from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
Future Community Enhancement Program Will Build Projects Throughout Parish
Our office recently presented the Call for Projects process for our MOVEBR Future Community Enhancement (FCE) Program, a $49 million allocation for projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle mobility, such as sidewalk and bicycle facilities, as well as beautification throughout the City-Parish. Director of Transportation and Drainage, Fred Raiford, recently presented the process and criteria for funding to the Metro Council so they can sponsor potential projects within their respective districts and submit them for consideration.
Our goals with these projects include enhancing pedestrian and bicycle safety, providing and improving ADA compliance and access, and supporting other modes of transportation such as transit systems. Projects should be in areas of significant usage, and either be part of an adopted master plan, such as the East Baton Rouge Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, or connect to a master plan project.
Projects must include some or all of the following enhancement aspects:
- Mobility improvements (sidewalks, bike lanes/paths, multi-use paths)
- Traffic/pedestrian safety improvements
- Traffic calming measures
Priority for funding will be given to projects near school areas, bus stop locations and in low to moderate-income level neighborhoods. Project costs, constructability and right-of-way acquisition needs will be significant decision-making factors.
The MOVEBR program was designed to allow citizen input on this group of community enhancement projects that may not have been anticipated at the time the MOVEBR proposition was adopted.