Congressman Graves Announces More than $80 Million in New Federal Highway Funds for Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA – Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is awarding $80,699,190 in new federal funding to Louisiana to advance many projects statewide.
The important I-10 Interchange at Pecue Lane is among those projects. With clearing and grubbing mostly completed, these new funds will provide for bridge construction and additional right-of-way acquisition to help move the project forward more quickly.
“We have worked closely with East Baton Rouge and DOTD on the Pecue project. This new federal funding is another huge step among many to reduce traffic in the Capital Region. The reconfiguration of the Washington Street and Terrace Street exits, widening of I-10 from Highland Road to Prairieville, and the proposed improvements to I-10 from Port Allen to the split are all steps in the right direction, which ultimately must lead us to a new bridge over the Mississippi, among other regional priorities. We appreciate Secretary Shawn Wilson for his efforts to work with us on these priorities,” Graves said.
The $80 million in federal funds is in addition to the extra $500 million provided to Louisiana through the federal FAST Act, which has provided $100 million more in federal transportation grant funds that have resulted in the Terrace/Washington street exit reconfiguration and I-10 lane addition (Highland Road to Prairieville/Dutchtown exit). Additional federal financing will lead to I-10 improvements between the Lobdell/LA415 exit and the I-10/I-12 split.