A West Baton Rouge traffic mitigation plan first proposed decades ago is one step closer to reality, following state House approval Wednesday.
The proposal would use settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to build the Louisiana Highway 415 connector between Port Allen and Plaquemine. Representatives voted 97-4 for the legislation, drafted by Rep. Tanner Magee (R-Houma).
The flyover would stretch three miles long and four lanes wide, between the La. 415/Lobdell exit on Interstate 10 and La. 1. Its pricetag sits between $130 and $145 million dollars.
The bill would also fund an eight-mile stretch of elevated highway in Lafourche Parish, which would cost roughly $343 million.
Both the West Baton Rouge and Lafourche parish projects would receive about $25 million a year for the next five years.
Magee’s bill now heads to a Senate committee for debate.