$50 million ok'd by legislature
The long-delayed Louisiana Highway 3241 project got a boost in the state legislature last week when $50 million was allocated toward the project.
The allocation was part of the largest Louisana transportation bill passed in 30 years.
A total of $690 million was approved for transportation projects statewide. The $690 million comes from settlement funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Highway 3241 will run from Bush in St. Tammany Parish all the way to Louisiana Highway 434 just north of I-12 at Lacombe. The 19-mile, 4-lane highway is expected to greatly improve traffic flow from Bogalusa and eastern Washington Parish down to the Covington-Mandeville area.
It was originally approved by voters in 1989 as part of the TIMED transportation bill, but one delay after another has occurred. While the $50 million allocation isn’t enough to complete the project, it is enough to get things started.