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Bill to bring millions to La. roads headed to House of Representatives

(Source: DOTD) (Source: DOTD)

A bill that could bring millions of dollars to Louisiana roads is headed to the full House of Representatives Thursday. 

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act contains substantial increases in federal highway funding for Louisiana, The act also includes provisions from Congressman Garret Graves (R) that is expected to address short, mid and long-term traffic solutions in the entire capitol region.

The bill strategically positions projects like the Washington Street exit area, I-10 and I-12 widening, LA-1 and LA-30 improvements, connecting Walker to Gonzales and a new Mississippi River bridge.  

The full House is expected to consider the FAST Act today. Funding for current highway programs expire December 4th. 

In a statement, Congressman Graves said:

Drivers across South Louisiana are tired of seeing and hearing about how bad traffic is. Our work will result in Louisiana getting a guaranteed increase of up to $100 million annually with additional grant opportunities funded at $800 million to $1 billion each year. We need to see action. When signed into law, this bill will give state and local authorities real opportunity to jump start high impact projects to get our roads moving again.

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