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Dec 12, 2011 11:53 AM by Sharlee Barriere

116 Higher costs found for I-49 extension

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport newspaper's review of costs associated with the three most complete sections of the Interstate 49 North extension in Louisiana finds at least $8 million in extra expenses, often because of planning errors.
The sections at issue are part of a 36-mile extension of the four-lane freeway from Shreveport to the Arkansas line.
They have cost taxpayers a combined $96 million - 9 percent more than the $88 million budget.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials say the cost increases - "change orders" often approved by federal officials - are less than the national 10 percent average on such projects.

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