La. 318 overpass approved
Louisiana’s Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee met recently and approved the next phase of an interchange at U.S. 90 and La. 318 near Sorrell.
The project is part of a larger plan to improve daily commutes for workers by decreasing travel time and increasing safety through unhindered flow of traffic, said state Rep. Sam Jones (D-Franklin).
“As a member of the Transportation Committee I have spent considerable time developing and funding this project, a major addition to future I-49 South,” Jones said. “Ultimately, this is part of opening up 42 miles of interstate-grade highway from Lafayette to Wax Lake.”
Jones said with that project fully funded “we can now concentrate on frontage roads and interchange projects from Wax Lake to the Atchafalaya River, some of which are already in the design phase.”
The “design build construction” approved by the committee clears the way for bids to be let later this year or early 2015.
“Funding is the toughest part although this project required changes to accommodate residents, farmers and industry,” Jones said. “The project will be completed at a cost of between $55 million and $60 million. The overpass at the site known as Four Corners is part of a LADOTD plan to achieve nearly $3.7 billion in savings while continuing to develop I-49 South.”
Jones acknowledged the assistance of Sen. Bret Allain in securing the funding.