Graves Praises a Smart Fix for a Stupid Problem
Washington, DC –Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement about the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Terrace Ave. exit at I-110.
“I’ve said it before, this is a game-changer. Not because it is suddenly going to fix all of our traffic problems — rather, it is an indication that traffic solutions are finally a priority in the Capital Region,” said Graves. “This is one of those transportation problems that should have been fixed decades ago. This one-lane I-10 bottleneck, the only one of its kind in America, is nearly gone. This completion is key to solving some of the worse traffic in the nation. Finally, we will eliminate a 40-year problem, we will improve traffic flow and safety, and lay the groundwork for a new Mississippi River bridge. Transportation is a pervasive problem in our area and we are plucking projects off the to-do list one by one. We are cutting congestion and will continue to push for more projects. I want to thank Governor Edwards, Secretary Wilson, Senator Ward, Sen. Barrow, Rep. Carter, Rep. James, Mayor Broome, Councilwoman Wicker and so many others that worked with us to ensure these funds were spent on this important project.”
Since 2015, Louisiana has benefited from more than $800 million in additional new federal highway funds (above a multi-billion dollar baseline in federal funding). As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a co-author of the 2015 federal highway bill (FAST Act), Graves negotiated substantial increases in federal highway funding for Louisiana – including $500 million to Louisiana in federal formula funds, and co-authored the new INFRA grant, which has resulted in hundreds of millions from INFRA and other federal sources to Louisiana projects to address short, mid and long-term traffic solutions in the entire capital region.
“Washington Street Exit. Comite River Diversion Canal. East Baton Rouge Flood Control. Pecue Lane Interchange. West Shore Hurricane Protection project and others. Billions of dollars in infrastructure projects that have been decades overdue are now becoming a reality. We’re knocking down pins one by one. Now, let’s build a bridge.” added Graves.