- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s efforts to improve Interstate 10 are getting a boost from $40 million in federal highway aid.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the latest grant Thursday. The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2bYRGh1 ) that with the additional money, the state is receiving the full $100 million in federal grants Edwards sought in April from the FASTLANE program.

The $40 million will be used for improvements on I-10 from I-49 in Lafayette eastward to the Atchafalaya Basin.

The other $60 million is being split among projects.

It will help pay for a new off-ramp in Baton Rouge to lessen congestion at an interstate chokepoint; for rail crossing upgrades; and for the design of a revamped interstate interchange leading to a new terminal at the New Orleans airport.

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

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