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Sep 27, 2013 2:06 PM by Press Release

Gov. Jindal Announces New Project to Resurface Key Route on La.509 in DeSoto Parish

MANSFIELD - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a road rehabilitation project that will resurface La. 509 from just south of Daw Road to just north of Clear Lake Road in DeSoto Parish. The $605,000 project will repair the road's surface and make it safer for the 6,000 drivers who utilize the route each day.

Governor Jindal said, "For our economy to grow and for our communities to be safe, we must make investments in our roads. That's why we continue to invest in key infrastructure projects around our state. Upgrading routes like this portion of La. 509 here in DeSoto Parish not only makes our roads safer for our families and speeds up commutes for our people, but it also helps companies access our cities and towns more easily. This investment will make our state more attractive for companies who want to invest in this area and create jobs, while also making the route to work safer and more efficient for Louisiana workers."

Poor surfacing of the road, which includes potholes, has recently become a safety issue for the drivers who travel on the road every day. The road is a critical artery for commerce in DeSoto Parish and the region, and the International Paper mill in Mansfield is located on La. 509. La. 509 connects the International Paper mill in Mansfield to I-49.

The resurfacing project will be funded 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 La. 509 project highlighted today by the Governor. The resurfacing 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;

· $3.1 million project to replace the Turkey Creek Bridge on La. 3201 in Franklin 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 DeSoto Parish, the Jindal Administration has invested $128 million to improve roadways and make the region more accessible to the state and the nation.

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