Sights set on new Mississippi River bridge
IBERVILLE PARISH - Two parishes have now signed a cooperative endeavor agreement to perform a study for a new Mississippi River bridge.
Iberville and Ascension Parishes have set aside a combined $300,000 for a study to assist the Department of Transportation and Development with investigating the feasibility of constructing an additional bridge over the river.
"Ascension has partnered with Iberville of knowing the necessity of another bridge," said Iberville Parish President Mitch Ourso. "If a bridge is going to be thought about, we just want some consideration."
During the 2014 Legislative Session, House Resolution 192 requested the DOTD to consult with local governing authorities to begin a study of the feasibility of a new bridge.
DOTD is pursuing the study of three potential crossings between the I-10 bridge and the Sunshine bridge. A study would not be completed until the first quarter of 2015.
Ourso says there's no telling where this new bridge will go if one is built, but when a loop was studied in Iberville, it went south of Plaquemine, near Bayou Goula.
"We still have a ferry," he said. "I just want to be looked at, just a little consideration."
Right now, the state does not have a funding source for a new bridge. However, the study will be ready when, or if, there is a funding source.
Parish President Ourso plans to meet with engineers Wednesday to being the study process.