Posted: Aug 9, 2012 5:05 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 5:05 PM
NEW ROADS - More than a thousand miles of roads in rural areas will get a facelift, including many in Pointe Coupee Parish.
The project will cost an estimated $425 million over the next three years, and will be used for upgrades to roads that don't get federal money. The state will bond out part of the State Highway Improvement Fund to raise the money.
J.J. Ewing runs the Not Your Mama's Café and Louisiana Express Store just off of LA 1 in Morganza, and was glad to hear the roads nearby would be getting better.
"A road improvement project is a great idea," Ewing said. "Especially when you live in a rural area like we're living in. We see our share of the worst roads of the state typically."
Pointe Coupee is one of the parishes slated for the most work, receiving up to $10 million according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Four areas are scheduled for upgrades:
Cassie Wildey says her truck has taken a beating on those roads for years. She hopes the road work will give her a break on her climbing repair shop bills.
"It's rough," she said. "I think if they will get them paved, a lot more people will visit our towns."
The projects are set to begin in January.