BREAUX BRIDGE, LA (KADN) — Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted a current plan to resurface a state highway in St. Martin Parish.
Work began to resurface over five miles of highway LA 3177 back in July of 2013, and is expected to be completed later this month.
Jindal’s office says the improved roadway will give the parish faster access to transportation hubs like the airports in Lafayette and Baton Rouge, as well as the Ports of New Iberia and Baton Rouge.
LA 3177 also connects to Interstate 10, and serves as a main hurricane evacuation route for the Atchafalaya area.
Road improvements will benefit local industries like the Louisiana Sugar Cane Co-Op., the Atchafalaya Crawfish Processor, and Cargill Salt, will all benefit from the road improvements, according to Jindal’s office.
The state is investing $3.4 million in the project, according to representatives speaking for Jindal.
Funds for the project come from a bill the state legislature passed in 2012, to bond out the State Highway Improvement Fund.
Jordan Gleason, a representative of Jindal, said the fund was created exclusively to fund state roads that are not eligible for federal funding and are in mostly rural areas.
About 1,100 miles of rural roads across Louisiana will be improved over three years, with the help of $425 million from the State Highway Improvement Fund, according to Jordan Gleason.
Gleason explained DOTD selected the projects for the Fund to work on, from assessments of traffic volume and roadway conditions.
Jindal fully supports the project, saying in a press release that, “LA 3177 is a key route for St. Martin Parish and our entire state.”
According to Jindal’s office over 1,700 motorists use LA 3177 daily.
They say the road is also used by many fisherman and hunters, who travel on it to access camps and boat launches on the Atchafalaya River.
The Atchafalaya Welcome Center which is directly connected to LA 3177, reportedly receives over 14,000 visitors a month.