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The effort to replace the Jimmie Davis Bridge connecting Shreveport to Bossier City has been allocated even more money.
The bridge is among 400 in Louisiana and 15,000 across the nation set to be assisted by The Bridge Formula Program, which is a program made possible through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed late last year.
The federal program will be charged with granting $26.5 billion to states for investments “to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect, and construct highway bridges,” according to a Governor John Bel Edwards press release sent out Friday.
Louisiana will receive $1 billion from the program over five years. In year one, the state is set to receive $202.6 million.
“The number of bridges falling into poor condition is expected to increase greatly in the coming years and this funding will allow us to make necessary improvements before these bridges deteriorate to the point of closure,” said Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D.
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In June, Louisiana House Bill 2 allocated $100 million to build a new bridge next to the Jimmie Davis Bridge with plans of turning the old one into a pedestrian and bike crossway.
The number of bridges and the size of those bridges in Louisiana gives the state the third-largest bridge infrastructure system in the nation, according to the same press release from Edwards.
Other nearby parishes set to receive funding under The Bridge Formula Program include Webster, Ouachita and Natchitoches.
“Our bridges have been in desperate need of repair for decades. Today we take a giant step to secure the future of Louisiana infrastructure," said Senator Bill Cassidy who has been a champion of the Infrastructure Law's potential to transform Louisiana.
"When we listen to the needs of our state, we can deliver results that benefit all. Thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, a bridge is coming to a river near you,” he added.
Kendrick Dante writes for the USA Today Network and is a government watchdog reporter in Shreveport, Louisiana. He enjoys cooking, concerts, and content. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on Twitter @kendrickdante.
This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Shreveport, Bossier City bridge to receive federal money