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$1.2M allocated for work on road to Lamar-Dixon

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Posted: Feb 7, 2014 7:10 AM
Source: Associated Press

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DONALDSONVILLE - Developing a "shovel ready" proposal to build a key outlet for Lamar-Dixon Expo Center will cost four times more than Ascension Parish officials first thought.

But the Parish Council voted without opposition Thursday to spend $1.2 million on design and land acquisition for the 1-mile road that would tie South St. Landry Avenue to an existing road that reaches La. 44.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1c9ZW4r ) Parish President Tommy Martinez has said the project must be shovel ready so he can seek federal funding this year to build the $12 million to $15 million road.

Last month, Sheriff Jeff Wiley called the proposed road the "single most important upgrade" the parish could do for Lamar-Dixon because of long-term concerns about moving people in and out of the facility.

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