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Ascension Parish looking for ways to fund road project

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago September 29, 2014 Sep 29, 2014 Monday, September 29 2014 September 29, 2014 6:32 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is looking for money for a four-lane alternate route from Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after the project failed to win a federal grant.

The one-mile, $12 million road to Lamar-Dixon was not among the projects the U.S. Department of Transportation said earlier this month would be funded.

Martinez vows to find some way to build the road.

It would tie South St. Landry Avenue, which dead-ends at Lamar-Dixon, to Louisiana Highway 44 and the Interstate 10 interchange at Burnside.

The parish-owned Lamar-Dixon is a multiuse livestock and events complex near Gonzales and I-10 that has served as a hub for hurricane response in Louisiana.

Officials say the project was among 17 vying for $12 million in federal money.

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