POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a $3.13 million project to replace the Turkey Creek Bridge on La. 3201 in Franklin Parish. The project will replace the current timber bridge with a more stable, higher concrete structure to improve the safety of the bridge.
Governor Jindal said, “Today we’re highlighting yet another investment that will help grow our economy and improve our roadways in Louisiana. We know that to create jobs and ensure our roads are safe, we must continue to make strategic investments in our infrastructure. That’s why we’ve supported millions of dollars in key transportation projects right here in Franklin Parish, including the new Turkey Creek Bridge. The new bridge will be wider and higher than the current bridge and will provide a safer route for families.
The project will raise the elevation of the bridge and approach roadway by approximately three feet. The new bridge will be wider and safer, especially during high water conditions. Once the project is completed, the bridge will require less manpower to keep open because it currently requires maintenance work frequently.
La. 3201 is a connector route between U.S. 425 and La. 4 south of Winnsboro, and is often used to access Franklin Parish High School on La. 4. The Governor said families and children use the road often to travel to and from school, which reinforces the need for the project.
The new bridge will be supported by state and federal funding. The Governor said at the end of each federal fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Transportation gathers funds that some states will not spend and reallocates this funding to states that are successful in obligating their full federal highway funding allotment during the fiscal year. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has obligated all of its federal funding 13 years in a row. Because Louisiana has efficiently used these dollars, DOTD recently received $34.2 million in additional federal highway funding to use for projects.
States that receive additional funding must have projects ready that meet certain federal criteria.
Louisiana met all of these conditions and has identified 12 projects across the state to receive funding, including the new bridge project highlighted today by the Governor. The project will be let in November of this year. Other projects identified include:
· $19.5 million project to replace the Calcasieu River and creek bridges on La. 8 in Vernon Parish near Ft. Polk;
· $1.2 million project to replace the Bayou L’Ourse Bridge on La. 663 in Assumption Parish;
· $7.5 million to $10 million project to construct a continuous left turn lane and improve drainage on Ames Boulevard from Barataria Boulevard to Oregon Drive in Jefferson Parish;
· $605,545 project to resurface La. 509 from just south of Daw Road to just north of Clear Lake Road in Desoto Parish;
· $1.4 million project to patch the pavement and make slope repairs at the I-10/La. 415 and I-10/La. 1 interchanges in West Baton Rouge Parish;
· $2.03 million project to resurface La. 127 from the Caldwell Parish line to La. 1238 in Winn Parish;
· $642,000 project to patch and reseal the pavement on U.S. 167 from the Purple Heart Bridge to U.S. 165 in Rapides Parish;
· $444,312 project to add a left turn lane for drivers turning from La. 34 onto Natchitoches Street in Ouachita Parish;
· $421,900 project to construct an acceleration lane on La. 3 from the I-220 eastbound off-ramp to Viking Drive in Bossier Parish;
· $1.5 million for the ongoing environmental study for the I-49 Inner-City Connector project in Caddo Parish;
· $2.8 million for the State Highway Safety Plan, specifically seat belt enforcement and public outreach activities with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
Since 2008, the Jindal Administration has made transportation and infrastructure projects a top priority by investing an unprecedented $4.9 billion in Louisiana's infrastructure. In Franklin Parish, the Jindal Administration has invested $22.9 million to improve roadways and make the region more accessible to the state and the nation.