BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Millions in federal funds are coming to the Baton Rouge area for “traffic solutions,” according to Congressman Garret Graves.

In his announcement Monday, Graves said Louisiana will be receiving a total of $97,870,585 in federal funds for infrastructure. Graves shared the following statement:

“The Capital Region has some of the worst traffic in America and these funds should go toward traffic solutions and laying the groundwork for a new bridge crossing the Mississippi River. Anyone that has traveled in or through Louisiana recently can tell you the experience is awful and there are even more growing pains in the Capital Region on the horizon because of the ongoing construction. We need solutions now. I-10 is expected to become an even worse epicenter of traffic and loss of life. The State needs to take these lagniappe dollars – pile them onto the other billions we’ve secured in infrastructure investments – and put them toward no-regrets strategies to meet the present and future demand. Otherwise, our evacuation routes, safety, economic development and more stand to lose. The cost of inaction is even more significant now than ever before.”