Dangerous road costing East Baton Rouge money

EBR working more than one lawsuit in area

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 5:41pm

A dangerous stretch of road in East Baton Rouge is costing the parish hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawsuits. So, some Metro Council members want to make fixing that road a priority.

In March 2006, Faye Harris was in a serious car accident on Sullivan Road. Now, he's suing the parish. A petition for damages obtained from City Court says "the injuries sustained by Faye Harris were caused by the gross carelessness and negligence of the defendent.

The petition goes on to say that the "improper design, construction, and maintenance of Sullivan road" played a part in causing Harris' accident.

At last night's Metro Council meeting, the Finance Committee approved a measure to settle for about $200,000. The Metro Council will vote on that measure on September 8th. The parish is currently working similar lawsuits for that same stretch of road.

Seventeen thousand cars travel along Sullivan Road everyday and residents in the area and residents say they've seen countless accidents. The stretch of curves between Trey Avenue and Sparkle Road is set to be improved, but some Metro Council members say not soon enough. They want EBR to put Sullivan Road at the top of the Green Light Project list.

Mayor-President Kip Holden says its not that easy. Projects have to be approved and designed before they can be started. It's a long process. "You can't just say let's move it up. It doesn't work that way. Any architect can tell you that. Any engineer can tell you that."


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