Central's road network is characterized as a radial or hub-andspoke network that extends outward from Baron Rouge. It is estimated as much as 30-40 percent of the traffic on Central's roads is externally generated. To address additional traffic volume growth, a comprehensive transportation study complete with near- and long-term goals is likely necessary to identify ways in which capacity can be added to the road network. The city is easily connected to Interstates 10 and 12 in Baton Rouge. Joor Road runs the length of Central from north to south while Hooper Road is the main east-west corridor through the city. Central is framed by two rivers - the Amite in the east and the Comite to the west and is bounded to the north by Hwy. 64. Undoubtedly the most ambitious major roadway project is the Central Thruway, one of East Baton Rouge Parish's “Green Light Plan” projects, which are funded through a one-half percent sales and use tax. It is one of the largest single public works projects in EBR Parish history. When completed, the Central Thruway will create a new four-lane divided roadway with a raised median and shoulders from Florida Blvd. To Sullivan Road. Construction on Phase I of the Central Thruway is well under way, extending improvements by connecting the Sullivan Bridge, Canadian National and Illinois Central Railroad Bridge, Comite River Bridge and Beaver Bayou Bridge No. 1 within the project limits. When combined with Central Thruway Phase II and other projects in the plan, it will provide an improved north-south connection in the Central area and will facilitate a vital flood evacuation route. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has undergone major renovations in the past decade and is conveniently located less than 20 minutes away from Central. BR Metro serves as a regional hub for American Eagle, Continental, Delta and Northwest airlines, making most major airports in the United States accessible from the Capitol region. Additional direct and indirect connections to national and international air travel destinations are available through Louis Armstrong International Airport, located in New Orleans.
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