POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 2:04pm
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA — Today, Governor Bobby Jindal marked the completion of the new La. 64 Magnolia Bridge project, connecting East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes over the Amite River.
“This project is great news for the Capital Region," Governor Jindal said. "The Magnolia River Bridge is a critical route for residents between Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes. This project will improve safety for drivers, speed up commutes and make the Capital Region more accessible to the rest of the state and the country."
The project replaced the old two-lane La. 64 Magnolia River Bridge with a new four-lane structure. In addition, La. 64 was widened from Greenwell Springs Road to La. 1019. The new bridge has two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction and 10-foot outside shoulders. Roughly 26,000 drivers travel this bridge daily.
“I am happy to be here today to celebrate another win for Livingston Parish. Combined with the newly widened I-12, drivers will see significant benefits in their daily commutes,” said Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks.
The $19.9 million Magnolia River Bridge project was funded through an innovative cash management plan developed by Governor Jindal and DOTD in 2009 to accelerate road work across the state by freeing up $120 million in identified cash balances to advance construction projects from their original bid dates. Gasoline revenue projections vary from year-to-year, and as a result, project budgets can often be over budgeted, resulting in un-used operational funds and an undesignated fund balance. Funding through the cash management program comes from these over collected revenues from existing project budgets across the state, which allows dollars to be shifted to other projects.