Gov. John Bel Edwards signs $700M Infrastructure Bill

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The days of sitting in hours of traffic could be just a memory we’ll talk about.

The days of sitting in hours of traffic could be just a memory we’ll talk about.

“I’ve been working out here for six or seven years and every afternoon I sit in traffic for miles back,” resident Brandell Knicks said.

On Friday Governor John Bel Edwards signed a 700-million-dollar infrastructure investment bill and said the money will be dispersed among several transportation projects around the state

“This new connector is going to improve connectivity on I-10 and west baton rouge as well as provide a release route for local traffic during peak hours divert traffic from accident that happen on La-1 and provide a direct connection for a commercial vehicle to enter mobile transportation facilities,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

The connector will also include a new four lane bridge over the intracoastal waterway giving residents an alternative route to choose from

It’s been a lot of long persistent hard work that we continuously try to get ready. A lot of dollars have gone into this project and we just didn’t know if it would ever happen,” West Baton Rouge Parish President, Riley Berthelot said.

The money is coming from the BP oil spill settlement and some of the bridge will be built right here

“Not a single dollar that will go to transportation infrastructure would have otherwise gone to a coastal restoration protection project. All of the dollars related to the spill for the damages done along the coast will in fact go to coastal recreation and protection projects,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

Residents say that it is a long time coming and that they can’t wait for the new addition to be made

“My daughter and I used to have supper in the line. We would stop and pick something up to eat because it would take us so long. A lot of people will be excited to have that new bridge so we can get around a little bit quicker,” resident Cynthia Harrell said.

The bridge is set to open in 2022.

Other projects that will receive funding include:

  • I-49 North Inter-City Connector in Caddo Parish
  • Sugarhouse Road Extension in Rapides Parish
  • Hooper Road Widening in East Baton Rouge Parish
  • LA 3241 extension from I-12 to Bush in St. Tammany Parish
  • I-49 South through Acadiana
  • LA 1 at Leeville improvements in Lafourche Parish.

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