Soon there will be three… location options for the new bridge over the Mississippi River

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One of two Mississippi River bridges in Baton Rouge. (File photo)

The Capital Region Roads and Bridges District Committee plans to reduce the number of options for a new bridge location over the Mississippi River from 10 to three at its Friday meeting.

The Louisiana Legislature has allocated a $300 million down payment for the project, which could cost around $2.5 billion, including the bridge and associated infrastructure. Governor John Bel Edwards had sought $500 million, hoping to attract significant federal funding and a private sector partner.

“It’s certainly significant,” Scott Kirkpatrick, executive director of Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Solutions, said of the $300 million commitment. “We’re going to have to fight for additional federal and state funding, but we’re on track with this money.”

Seven of the 10 possible locations are in Iberville Parish, while two would connect the parishes of East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge and one in Ascension Parish. Possibilities range from 5 miles south of the existing bridge over the Mississippi River at Port Allen to 5 miles north of the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville.

The state Department of Transportation and Development held six open houses to gather public input on the 10 options.

The Capital Area Road and Bridge District are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the State Capitol in Senate Committee Room F. Meetings at the Capitol are usually broadcast on the Legislative Assembly channels. website.

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