- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will receive $60 million in federal grant money to fast-track a few major road projects in south Louisiana.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/29nDFam) one of the projects includes the relocation of the Washington Street exit off Interstate 10 near the Mississippi River bridge - an area notorious for clogging traffic in the capital city.

Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, said the project is expected to be opened up for construction bid by early 2018, maybe sooner.

Grant money will also be used to replace the pavement and add a lane to a 15-mile stretch of road between the Interstate 10 and Interstate 49 interchange and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge near Lafayette.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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