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Kennedy announces bill before Congress includes additional $74M for La. road projects

I-12 near Covington on May 27, 2018 (Source: WVUE) I-12 near Covington on May 27, 2018 (Source: WVUE)
WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB) -

US Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., announced Thursday he's secured $74 million for Louisiana in a transportation bill currently making its way through Congress.

"Too many of Louisiana’s roads are axle-breaking insults to modern civilization," Kennedy said in a written release. "Our roads are also too congested, leading to tragedies like the Memorial Day weekend accident that claimed four lives near Covington. With a 10 percent increase in our federal highway funding level, we can get started on making the daily commute safer."

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he'll look into using the money to widen a stretch of I-12 between LA 1077 and US 190 in Covington.

Just last month, four people died in a 10-vehicle pileup in the area known for backup and crashes. Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and troopers with Louisiana State Police said they're beefing up patrols there.

RELATED: 4 deaths, multiple injuries reported in I-12 crash

The next stop for the transportation bill is the full US Senate.

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