Legislature introduces measures for bridge, expressway studies

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature introduced two measures last week that would alleviate traffic and provide another crossing over the Mississippi River in Iberville Parish.

House Transportation Committee Chairwoman Karen St. Germain, D-Pierre Part urged both bills, House Concurrent Resolution 100 and House Concurrent Resolution 192, be passed.

HCR100 asks the state Department of Transportation and Development to review the feasibility of constructing what is being called “the West Bank Connector,” a proposed four-lane highway between Interstate 10 near Port Allen and Interstate 310 just west of New Orleans.

HCR192 requests the Department of Transportation look into the feasibility of building a bridge over the Mississippi River that would connect La. 1 and La. 30 before January 2015.

State officials estimate a new bridge would cost about $800 million.

According to 2013 Department of Transportation traffic data, approximately 47,000 vehicles travel each day on La. 1 near the Intracoastal Waterway bridge in West Baton Rouge, but only 24,573 people live in West Baton Rouge Parish, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.