Pending permit approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected soon, restoration work will then begin in University Lake near the intersection of East Lakeshore Drive and Stanford Avenue.
As the equipment is being staged during this advance work phase, the project contractor will test means and methods for dredging and placement of sediment in the bottom of the lakes system and the design team will observe these tests, ultimately informing the path forward for full implementation of the restoration and revitalization project, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.
On April 25, Governor Edwards, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, LSU President William F. Tate IV and fellow University Lakes Project partners announced full funding – $32 million – and plans for Phase 1 of this project.
This initial phase of work will consist of dredging, improving weirs and control structures and key mobility improvements.
Ultimately, the work will both help increase the area’s competitiveness for economic development, and greatly enhance the LSU footprint.
“This is an exciting moment for our state and the capital region as we begin a robust schedule of work to restore the iconic University Lakes in Baton Rouge,” said Edwards. “Together with the support of our community partners, we will enhance a beautiful and beloved feature of our capital city while reducing flood risk for the surrounding areas.”
The project team anticipates completing Phase 1 by December 2023.