BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After months of research, planning, and speaking with the community, the location for a new Mississippi River Bridge is narrowed down to three places.

Whittled down from 30, the three potential locations are all in Iberville Parish, according to the Secretary of Louisiana DOTD Dr. Shawn Wilson.

“We are right on schedule, we are right on budget and we will deliver what we said we would deliver,” Wilson said.

The seven-member Capital Area Road and Bridge District unanimously approved the locations on May 27, including Iberville Parish President Mitchell Ourso, who was pleasantly surprised.

“We have been an economic drive engine for this state and it’s about time that we get something in return,” Ourso said. “I am ecstatic that we are going to have an opportunity for three locations.”

Some were not expecting all three spots for the potential bridge to be in a single parish.

“I was a little surprised, to be honest,” EBR Transportation & Drainage Director Fred Raiford said. “I thought one would still be in Baton Rouge, but in reality, when you look at the public meetings that were held and you look at the results, there was nobody really sitting there saying, ‘I want the bridge here in East Baton Rouge Parish.'”

The next phase will include environmental reviews and could take up to two years.

“We have found a way to put dollars on this project, to fund this environmental process and we will continue to use that same due diligence,” Wilson said.

The legislature is putting 300 million dollars towards the project for the next fiscal year.

“Most importantly, citizens have been waiting for this bridge and this project for decades, we are sensitive to that,” said Wilson.