Gov. Jindal announces Capital Outlay Funding for North Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the capital construction proposal for the next fiscal year (FY 2016), which includes millions in funding for projects in North Louisiana.

The proposal was submitted to the Legislature in the form of House Bill 2 and includes several investments in higher education and infrastructure projects.Seal_of_Louisiana_large

Governor Jindal said, “This year we are supporting many key projects throughout our state, including valuable investments in higher education and healthcare, as well as improvements to our local roads and infrastructure. These investments will ensure that we are making Louisiana one of the best places in the country for people to get a job and raise a family.”

Education Investments in the North Region Include:

  • $5 million for the integrated engineering and science building at Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish.
  • $1.8 million for renovations of the Allen Building at Southern University in Caddo Parish.
  • $1.65 million for the parking lot at Bossier Community College in Bossier Parish.
  • $1.65 million for a new classroom building at Southern University in Caddo Parish.
  • $1.2 million for the Wyly Tower fire code and restroom ADA modifications at Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish.
  • $900,000 for the replacement and addition of the business building at Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish.
  • $240,000 for the Workforce Training and Technology Center at Southern University in Caddo Parish.

Transportation and Infrastructure Investments in the North Region Include:

  • $1.8 million for Lake Claiborne State Park erosion controls in Claiborne Parish.
  • $46 million for I-49 from I-220 in the City of Shreveport to the Arkansas state line in Caddo Parish.
  • $3.6 million for the I-20 interchange improvements and the Kansa-Garrett Connector in Ouachita Parish, with an additional $27.5 million in new Priority 5 funding for a total of $31.1 million in funding.
  • $5.05 million for the Jimmie Davis Bridge rehabilitation and lighting in Bossier and Caddo Parishes.
  • $5 million for the I-20 Interchange improvement and Kansas Garrett Connector, in Monroe.
  • $2.8 million for the Poverty Point Reservoir State Park Group Camp and Conference Center in Richland Parish.
  • $2.3 million for the Poverty Point State Historic Site Museum and Interpretive Center and Observatory in West Carroll Parish.
  • $2.6 million for the Tarbutton Road and I-20 interchange in Lincoln Parish.
  • $2.6 million for LA 616 (Caldwell Road to LA 143) in Ouachita Parish.
  • $1.5 million for the development of an alternative water supply from Lake D’Arbonne for Lincoln and Union Parishes, in addition to $2.6 million in new Priority 5 funding, for a total of $4.1 million in funding.
  • $1.825 million for the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District Mega-Ramp in Union Parish, with an additional $1.65 million in new Priority 5 funding, for a total of $1.83 million in total funding.

Healthcare Investments in the North Region:

  • $1.4 million for Inpatient Critical Care renovations at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Caddo Parish.
  • $395,000 for roof repair at Homer Memorial Hospital in Claiborne Parish.