Trail connecting 2 Louisiana universities gets grant money

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A plan to build a 6-mile (10-kilometer) trail that will feature stops at Louisiana State University and Southern University is in the works.

The Advocate reports the Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks Commission announced Monday that it received a $3.7 million grant toward building the trail, which will give pedestrians and bikers a route between downtown and north Baton Rouge. The trail is expected to cost $4.1 million, with BREC paying the remaining costs.

Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer says the connection between north and south Baton Rouge could help entice developers in the area.

Before construction begins, BREC estimates another year of planning, environmental reviews and surveys. Construction is expected to take 1 ½ to two years.