Proposal: West Bank Connector from BR to NO

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) — Opinions vary among local and state officials whether or not a proposed "West Bank Connector" can get off the ground this legislative session.

Wilfred Barry, president of the SJB Group, a Baton Rouge design firm, is working with six parishes on a plan that would bring an "interstate-quality" highway connecting Port Allen with New Orleans on the west side of the Mississippi River.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1277IZ0 ) the $1.656 billion project would run through West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, St. James, St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, connecting with I-310.

It also would include the construction of a new Mississippi River bridge in Iberville Parish.

While many officials are supportive, they also have concerns about whether it's a feasible project, especially considering its price tag.

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

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