BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Members of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council are showing their support for a new Mississippi River Bridge.
“A new bridge in Baton Rouge, in the capital region is long overdue,” said Councilman Rowdy Gaudet, District 3.
Governor John Bel Edwards proposed 500 million dollars to start saving for a new bridge, but lawmakers still have to approve the spending.
State Senator Rick Ward from Port Allen released a campaign-style video to support the project. He says now is the time to spend, with millions of surplus dollars ready to be spent.
Senator Bill Cassidy is also jumping in on the project and says things need to move forward now.
“I am a federal official so I am going to pay deference to my state and local officials on how they align the dollars they have. But we clearly have got to ease the bottleneck going across the 70-year-old bridge we call the new Mississippi River Bridge,” he said.
The Department of Transportation is already working to gather data on where to put this bridge. As of right now, the list of possible bridge sites has narrowed down to 10.
East Baton Rouge council members hope Wednesday’s support sends a message to legislators and neighboring parishes.
“We’re the Capital City. The state of Louisiana. We literally have a bridge that narrows down to a single lane. It’s time for us to focus on our infrastructure,” said Gaudet.
DOTD will hold six public meetings to decide where to put this bridge. The first meeting will be on April 25th in Baton Rouge.