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Bill argues Nicholson widening needed for new river bridge

1 year 3 days 17 hours ago May 22, 2016 May 22, 2016 Sunday, May 22 2016 May 22, 2016 9:57 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE – Representatives at the Capitol are considering a House Resolution that would repurpose funds for a Nicholson Drive widening project.

If passed, House Concurrent Resolution No. 128 would repurpose more than two million dollars from the Pointe Claire Expressway in Iberville Parish. That money would be moved for planning, design and construction of portions of LA Hwy. 30.

Lawmakers argue that construction of a new Mississippi River Bridge without improving Nicholson Drive would leave traffic stuck on that highway. The bill is aimed to help clear growing traffic problems in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Iberville Parish.

The bill also calls for a Stage 1 environmental study to occur before construction begins to secure future federal funds. The study will focus on the West Lee Drive/ Brightside Lane intersection and LA Hwy 74 and Hwy 30 in St. Gabriel, La.

HCR 128 was referred to the Committee on Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Wednesday.

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