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Mar 25, 2014 7:27 PM by Letitia Walker

Governor announces capital plans for southwest Louisiana

Governor Bobby Jindal announced detailed plans for House Bill 2 which is the capital construction proposal for the next fiscal year (FY 2015). Here are the specifics for southwest Louisiana:

Higher Education investments:

· $2.8 million for an emergency room expansion for the University Medical Center in Lafayette Parish;
· $1.78 million for an air handler replacement at the LSU Health Sciences Center Health Care Services Division in Lafayette Parish;
· $1.185 million for the Health and Human Performance Education Complex at McNeese State University in Calcasieu Parish, with an additional $15.31 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $16.5 million;
· $1 million for ADA upgrades campus-wide for McNeese State University in Calcasieu Parish;
· $1 million for the Shearman Fine Arts Building renovations at McNeese State University in Calcasieu Parish, with an additional $2.7 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $3.7 million;
· $260,000 for Alpha Hall renovations at McNeese State University in Calcasieu Parish.

Infrastructure investments:

· $3 million for the widening of Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette Parish, with an additional $2.94 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $5.94 million;
· $2 million for the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Calcasieu Parish;
· $1 million for the Cove Lane interchange and improvements in Calcasieu Parish;
· $1 million in new Priority 5 funding for the relocation of railroad tracks along Sallier Street in Calcasieu Parish;
· $1 million for infrastructure improvements for economic development in Calcasieu Parish, with an additional $1 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $2 million;
· $825,000 for Crosby, Butler, and Pleasant Hill road repairs in Beauregard Parish;
· $700,000 for the reconstruction of South Bernard Road from LA Hwy 182 to US Hwy 90 in Lafayette Parish, with an additional $4 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $4.7 million;
· $500,000 for the Apollo Road extension in Lafayette Parish;
· $420,000 for bridge repairs in Crowley on Northern Avenue in Acadia Parish;
· $400,000 for land acquisition and rehabilitation of an existing bulkhead for the West Calcasieu Port in Calcasieu Parish;
· $310,000 for an addition to Building #3101 at the Chennault Industrial Air Park in Calcasieu Parish, with an additional $2.47 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $2.78 million;
· $150,000 for improvements to South Bernard Road from Ambassador Caffery to LA Hwy 182 in Lafayette Parish, with an additional $1.83 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $1.98 million;
· $95,000 for construction on Verot School Road in Lafayette Parish;
· $35,000 for North Avenue O drainage improvements in Crowley in Acadia Parish.

Additional investments:

· $3.9 million for Camp Atchafalaya acquisition, planning, design, and construction in St. Martin Parish, with an additional $51.7 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $55.6 million;
· $1.74 million for the replacement of air handlers and chillers at W.O. Moss in Calcasieu Parish

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