BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Parking and access at the State Capitol is about to become more difficult, as work begins on a massive project to improve security around the 34-story building.
The Advocate reports the $4.37 million project will take part of the parking lot in front of the Capitol building to create a pedestrian plaza between the foot of the steps that have the names of states chiseled on them and the sunken formal garden. Four security posts will be installed, and parking will be controlled around the building for much of the year.
Eventually, the number of parking spaces will increase slightly, but vehicles will be routed further away from the building.
The upgrade is expected to be completed by March 22, a few weeks before the start of the 2015 legislative session.