Pendarvis Lane, a connector between Walker South Road and Florida Boulevard in Walker, would get some major improvements when the Capital Region Planning Commission approves grant funding for the work.

WALKER – Pendarvis Lane will get a face lift, and a sidewalk, according to a three-phase plan approved by the Walker City Council.

The City Council passed resolutions approving two phases of the project at a special meeting on April 29, after approving one phase at its April 8 meeting. Walker’s grant request will be submitted to the Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC), which will be it on the list of projects to be funded.

There is no estimate when the grant could be awarded.

According to the resolution, the work will include base rehabilitation of the roadway and overlay and drainage improvements. In some places, drainage pipes will be installed and the open ditch alongside the lane covered up, said Jamie Etheridge, city chief of operations.

A sidewalk would be installed on one side of the lane.

The project is divided into three phases, Etheridge said:

• Phase 1 will be from the intersection of Walker South Road and Pendarvis Lane to the first entrance of Three Lakes Subdivision.

• Phase 2 will be from Three Lakes to the Pendarvis Lane-Pleasant Ridge Drive intersection.

• Phase 3 will be from Pleasant Ridge Drive to the red light at Pendarvis Lane and Florida Boulevard (U.S. 190).

The resolutions approved an agreement involving the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and the (CRPC).

The federal Highway Trust Fund finances most federal spending for highways and mass transit, according to the DOT website.

Revenue for the trust fund come from transportation-related excise taxes, primarily federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel.

DOTD serves as the liasion agency between the federal and state governments, while the CRPC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization that distributes grants in the greater Baton Rouge region.

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