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Interstate 20 widening project announced for Ouachita Parish

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Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 5:19 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A project aimed at widening a portion of Interstate 20 in Ouachita Parish was announced by the Louisiana Governor’s Office on April 19.

According to a news release, the $20 million project aims to widen a 2-mile stretch of Interstate 20 eastward from Hwy. 165. In other words, this would be in the Pecanland Mall area.

The money for the project comes as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, in which the state of Louisiana received approximately $216 million to be allocated for road and infrastructure projects. This $1.4 trillion relief package was passed by Congress last year.

“As you are all aware, the state’s roads and bridges are in great need of repair and upgrade,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Addressing these needs has been a priority of my administration. We have proven what we can do when we have funds and have invested over $3 billion in infrastructure since 2016, despite a 1980s revenue stream as the main source of funding.  Louisiana’s transportation infrastructure will benefit greatly from this additional funding, and I know DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson has worked tirelessly to find projects that will be most beneficial.”

Two preservation projects for Northeast Louisiana were also announced. They are:

  • LA 2: from West Carroll Parish line to U.S. 65, East Carroll Parish, overlay, $2.1 million
  • LA 15: from U.S. 425 to Ouachita Parish line, Richland Parish, asphalt overlay, $3.3 million

Also among the projects announced was $11.3 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure statewide.

Here is a list of the allocations:

Preservation

  • LA 308: from Theriot Canal to St. Charles Bridge, Lafourche Parish, milling and overlay, $1.9 million
  • LA 648: from LA 20 to LA 1, Lafourche & Terrebonne parishes, milling and overlay, $1.7 million
  • LA 18: from Barataria Blvd. to Louisiana St., Jefferson Parish, milling and overlay, $2 million
  • LA 406: left turn lane at Green Trails, Plaquemines Parish, $450,000
  • LA 31: from St. Martinville to LA 92-1, St. Martin Parish, patching and overlay, $2 million
  • LA 173: from LA 1 to U.S. 71, Caddo Parish, asphalt overlay, $900,000
  • LA 2: from West Carroll Parish line to U.S. 65, East Carroll Parish, overlay, $2.1 million
  • LA 15: from U.S. 425 to Ouachita Parish line, Richland Parish, asphalt overlay, $3.3 million
  • LA 108: from I-10 to LA 1256, Calcasieu Parish, patching, cold planing, and overlay, $4.1 million
  • LA 99 and LA 102: from LA 3086 to LA 26, Jefferson Davis Parish, milling and overlay, $1.7 million
  • U.S. 71: turn lanes for emergency staging area, Rapides Parish, $1 million
  • LA 119: embankment slide repairs, Natchitoches Parish, $5 million
  • LA 914, LA 915, and LA 916: Catahoula Parish, patching and overlay, $2.1 million
  • LA 68: from U.S. 61 to LA 964, East Feliciana Parish, stabilize and overlay, $2.9 million
  • LA 78: from U.S. 190 to LA 1, Pointe Coupee Parish, patching, thinning, and overlay, $1.5 million
  • LA 441: from LA 42 to I-12, Livingston Parish, milling and overlay, $900,000
  • LA 16: from Livingston Parish line to LA 63, St. Helena Parish, milling and overlay, $3 million

Major Investment

  • I-49: work TBD, Lafayette Parish, $50 million
  • I-20: widening from U.S. 165 to approximately 2 miles eastward, Ouachita Parish $20 million
  • I-20: from Monkhouse Dr. East to Greenwood Rd. at I-20/I-49, Caddo Parish, $15 million
  • U.S. 190 utility relocation: St. Landry Parish, $8 million

Direct Category Expenditure

  • Bridge replacement and rehabilitation, Calcasieu Parish, $29.4 million
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure, statewide, $11.3 million
  • Allocations for greater than 200,000 population, metropolitan planning organizations, $19.9 million

District Priorities

  • $26 million to the district offices for regional congestion relief and equipment replacement

Surplus

  • The Administration is requesting TTF match Highway Priority Program, statewide, $35 million

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