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May 17, 2013 8:37 AM by AP/CS

Section of US 190 to be widened in Mandeville

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - The state highway department is starting work on an $11.3 million project to widen a 1.2-mile stretch U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville from two lanes to four.

Allison Schilling, a district administrator for the state Department of Transportation and Development, says the project will improve a vital corridor that also feeds principal hurricane evacuation routes.

Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said 20,000 cars go through the area on a daily basis.

The road widening runs from La. Highway 3228 to Lonesome Road.

The work will include a raised divided median and improvements to traffic signals, ditches and sidewalks. An existing two-lane bridge over Bayou Chinchuba will be replaced by two new bridge spans, each with two lanes.

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