BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Mayor-President Kip Holden warned today that the bridge collapse in Washington should serve as a wake up call for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Back in 2011 the Metro Council shot down a $350 million bond proposal for infrastructure issues in the parish. A portion of that would have gone to upgrades on the nearly 80 bridges in the Baton Rouge area. Many are on the verge of being closed due to failing conditions.
On Friday, May 24, Mayor Holden told FOX44 News that many of those bridges have been in need of upgrades for decades.
“Now that time has expanded and we're still just messing around a little bit,” he said. “But I call upon everyone to start the dialog and say we have to get this done. Yes, it’s going to take money, but I can tell you no amount of money can replace a life.”
Holden went on to say there are more than 100 bridges across the parish that need repairs, which could cost tens of millions of dollars.