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Road projects move forward despite a struggling fuel tank

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2012 10:29 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - City, parish and state leaders are building funds to build more roads.  Dozens are making the case for construction and high on the current list to break ground is a traffic reliever near I-20's Exit 84 in Ruston.

"It is a great need," mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. "It's a safety issue. It's a traffic congestion issue."

Hollingsworth said the grade schools, colleges, and commuters getting off of work run into a traffic nightmare typically during the weekday.

"The city has already put up $2.6 million toward that end and we've gotten $4.6 million in federal funds to put toward construction," Hollingsworth said.

The project has an $18 million price tag. The city is asking for more money to pave the way to an easier commute.

In Monroe, near Interstate-20 and Pecanland Mall, crews are planning to build an overpass from Garrett Road to Kansas Lane. The money's not all there but the planning continues.
     
"There are actually some safety projects DOTD is working on, a roundabout on the south side of the interstate," Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Sue Nicholson said.

Up next for the project is the design and the environmental phase. Planned completion is in 2018.
     
"We need a little bit more funding to make that happen," Nicholson said.

Developers are also working on a road making it easier getting from North Monroe to I-20 near the mall, planned to be completed by 2016. 

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