May 10, 2012 10:01 AM by AP
PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - West Baton Rouge Parish officials have taken what they say is an important next step in building a toll road linking La. Highway 415 to La. 1.
Parish President Riley Berthelot tells The Advocate a consulting engineering firm has been hired to produce a highly accurate picture of the project's revenue potential.
Berthelot says the parish's transportation authority entered into an agreement with the CDM Smith firm to conduct a $460,000, eight-month study aimed at obtaining the needed information.
He says the CDM Smith's study is being financed through a state grant.
The La. 1 connector route is a project Berthelot has been pushing for more than a decade.