La. Congressman: Highway bill could provide relief to Baton Rouge drivers

Louisiana Congressman says highway bill could provide relief to Baton Rouge drivers

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Drivers can expect things to be moving on LA 1 during most afternoons. However, evening commutes are a different story.

For those drivers trying to get from West Baton Rouge to East Baton Rouge, it is an even bigger hassle.

"It's horrible," said McKeba Green. "It takes me about 20-30 minutes to get to college drive."

Instead of hearing about possible solutions for their commute, people are ready to see some work be done.

"The problems we're having now could've and should've been addressed decades ago," said U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-LA.

Congressman Graves said now the ball to address the backups seems to be rolling.

For some time, the worry in the state has been how to fund certain road projects. Graves said what is known as the highway bill could provide federal funding to the Department of Transportation and development for some major road projects.

He said that means billions of dollars would be available through a competitive grant process for several large projects costing more than $100 million.

That could include Louisiana projects like a new bridge in the Baton Rouge area, the LA-1 expressway, turning Nicholson (LA 40) into a four-lane highway from downtown to Cabela's in Gonzales.

The U.S. House passed its version of the highway bill Thursday. The Senate passed another version a few weeks ago.

Graves is on the committee to negotiate the final bill.

With any hope, he said projects will be on their way instead of just talk.

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