Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:40 AM by AP
PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Opinions vary among local and state officials whether or not a proposed "West Bank Connector" can get off the ground this legislative session.
Wilfred Barry, president of the SJB Group, a Baton Rouge design firm, is working with six parishes on a plan that would bring an "interstate-quality" highway connecting Port Allen with New Orleans on the west side of the Mississippi River.
The Advocate reports the $1.656 billion project would run through West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, St. James, St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, connecting with I-310.
It also would include the construction of a new Mississippi River bridge in Iberville Parish.
While many officials are supportive, they also have concerns about whether it's a feasible project, especially considering its price tag.