Graves Announces Resources to Eliminate Traffic Bottleneck in Capital Region
Congressman Garret Graves (R LA) announced today that Louisiana will be awarded a $60 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant under the FASTLANE Program – a program Graves was instrumental in establishing during last year’s passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Today’s announcement means resources will be committed to close the existing Washington Street exit, establish a new left exit to access Washington Street and to eliminate the only place in the nation where the interstate drops down to one lane -- the source of a major bottleneck in the Capital Region.
“We made a commitment to get this bottleneck addressed and are excited that the resources are finally in place to fix this problem. This is a key step to solving some of the worse traffic in the nation,” said Graves. “For too long, the people of South Louisiana have had to settle for talk. Today, we are getting action.”
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Graves authored amendments to help Louisiana to better compete against other states for this funding. His language provided for merit-based project prioritization and helped remove political influences of project selection.
In addition to today’s announcement, the FAST Act provides Louisiana with an estimated $500M increase in funds, the ability to compete for billions of dollars in grant opportunities for priority projects in South Louisiana and advance the integration of technologies to employ innovative solutions to help improve transportation efficiency.