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Education & roads focus of governor's construction proposal

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - ULM, Louisiana Tech, Grambling State and the Arkansas Road expansion project in Ouachita Parish will all benefit from the governor's 2015 fiscal construction proposal.

Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the capital construction proposal for the 2015 fiscal year. It includes millions in funding for projects in North Louisiana. The proposal was submitted last week to the Legislature and includes several investments in higher education and infrastructure projects. 

Governor Jindal said, "These investments will build on our work to improve learning environments, make our roads safer for families, and make Louisiana more attractive to companies who want to expand or invest in our state."

Higher Education investments in the North Region include:

 

  • $8 million for the Sandel Hall renovations at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Ouachita Parish;
  • $5 million for the Business Building replacement and addition at Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish;
  • $3.85 million for the high voltage electrical distribution system upgrades at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Caddo Parish;
  • $2.65 million for capital improvement projects at LSU Health Sciences Center in Caddo Parish;
  • $2.5 million for a boiler replacement at LSU Health Sciences Center in Caddo Parish;
  • $1.875 million for an Integrated Engineering and Science Building at Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish, with an additional $28.125 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $30 million;
  • $1.65 million for a new classroom building at Southern University in Caddo Parish;
  • $1.65 million in water distribution system repairs and improvements at Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish;
  • $1 million for the renovation of Allen Building at Southern University in Caddo Parish;
  • $1 million for the renovation of Long-Jones Hall at Grambling State University in Lincoln Parish.

Infrastructure investments in the North Region include:

 

  • $17 million for the construction, right of way, and utilities for I-49 from I-220 in Shreveport to the Arkansas State line in Caddo Parish;
  • $8 million for the Tarbutton Road/I-20 interchange in Lincoln Parish;
  • $5.27 million for the planning and construction of LA Hwy 616 from Caldwell Road to LA Hwy 143 in Ouachita Parish, with an additional $5 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $10.27 million;The Arkansas Road expansion project.
  • $3.3 million for the LA 143 to US 165 connector in Ouachita Parish, with an additional $30.9 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total of $34.2 million;
  • $1.25 million for the rehabilitation and lighting of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Bossier and Caddo Parishes;

Additional investments in the North Region:

 

  • $6.52 million for the replacement of the Shreveport Criminalistics Lab Facility in Caddo Parish, with an additional $2 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $8.52 million;
  • $3.3 million for P.E.T. clinical and research equipment for the Biomedical Research Foundation in Caddo Parish;
  • $2 million for the Poverty Point Reservoir State Park group camp, conference center, and site amenities in Richland Parish;
  • $1.85 million for the Poverty Point Historic Site Museum, Interpretive Center, and Observatory in West Carroll Parish;
  • $560,000 for Lake D'Arbonne State Park event facility in Union Parish, with an additional $3.4 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $4 million;
  • $545,000 for Camp Minden for infrastructure improvements and rehabilitation, Phase 2, in Webster Parish;
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