BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Traffic near the Mississippi River bridge is a daily headache for drivers trying to get from point A to point B.
State Senator Rick Ward, III District 17 from Port Allen hopes a new Mississippi River Bridge would
ease traffic congestion. He says the question now is how to best build the bridge and how to fund the
The Capital Area Road and Bridge District locked in $5 Million dollars in state funds allocated to the
State Department of Transportation and Development, for an environmental study for future development.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson is a member of the Capital Area
Road and Bridge District. Meanwhile, Ward says while he is not sure how long the environmental process will take, the road and bridge district has to also work on securing the money to actually build the bridge.
“The bridge itself I have heard itself would be anywhere from $800 Million dollars to just north of a billion dollars, for the actual bridge itself,” says Ward.
Ward says that the next step is to hire a project manager who will oversee the environmental process.