Parish to get $5 million for highway project

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Gov. John Bel Edwards joined officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Louisiana Legislature April 19 to announce that, as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the state received approximately $216 million to be allocated for road and infrastructure projects throughout the state. This $1.4 trillion relief package was passed by Congress last year.

The Act allocates $155 million to be used at the state’s discretion, $30 million specifically for bridge repair and/or replacement, $20 million for the state’s large metro areas and $11 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructures.

This article published in the Weekend, April 24-25, 2021, print edition

DOTD selected projects across the state from needs identified through technical analyses and legislative and public input

The local and neighboring parish projects receiving funds are:

* LA 173: from LA 1 to U.S. 71, Caddo Parish, asphalt overlay, $900,000

* U.S. 71: turn lanes for emergency staging area, Rapides Parish, $1 million

* LA 119: embankment slide repairs, Natchitoches Parish, $5 million

Major Investment

* I-20: from Monkhouse Dr. East to Greenwood Rd. at I-20/I-49, Caddo Parish, $15 million

Direct Category Expenditure

* Electric vehicle charging infrastructure, statewide, $11.3 million

* Allocations for greater than 200,000 population, metropolitan planning organizations, $19.9 million District Priorities

* $26 million to the district offices for regional congestion relief and equipment replacement Surplus

* The Administration is requesting TTF match Highway Priority Program, statewide, $35 million