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Sep 27, 2013
WINNSBORO – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a $3.13 million project to replace the Turkey Creek Bridge on La. 3201 in Franklin Parish. The project will replace the current timber bridge with a more stable, higher concrete structure to improve the safety of the bridge.
Governor Jindal said, “Today we’re highlighting yet another investment that will help grow our economy and improve our roadways in Louisiana. We know that to create jobs and ensure our roads are safe, we must continue to make strategic investments in our infrastructure. That’s why we’ve supported millions of dollars in key transportation projects right here in Franklin Parish, including the new Turkey Creek Bridge. The new bridge will be wider and higher than the current bridge and will provide a safer route for families.
The project will raise the elevation of the bridge and approach roadway by approximately three feet. The new bridge will be wider and safer, especially during high water conditions. Once the project is completed, the bridge will require less manpower to keep open because it currently requires maintenance work frequently.
La. 3201 is a connector route between U.S. 425 and La. 4 south of Winnsboro, and is often used to access Franklin Parish High School on La. 4. The Governor said families and children use the road often to travel to and from school, which reinforces the need for the project.
The new bridge will be supported by state and federal funding. The Governor said at the end of each federal fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Transportation gathers funds that some states will not spend and reallocates this funding to states that are successful in obligating their full federal highway funding allotment during the fiscal year. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has obligated all of its federal funding 13 years in a row. Because Louisiana has efficiently used these dollars, DOTD recently received $34.2 million in additional federal highway funding to use for projects.
States that receive additional funding must have projects ready that meet certain federal criteria.
Louisiana met all of these conditions and has identified 12 projects across the state to receive funding, including the new bridge project highlighted today by the Governor. The project will be let in November of this year. Other projects identified include:
Since 2008, the Jindal Administration has made transportation and infrastructure projects a top priority by investing an unprecedented $4.9 billion in Louisiana's infrastructure. In Franklin Parish, the Jindal Administration has invested $22.9 million to improve roadways and make the region more accessible to the state and the nation.