Overlay of LA 87 from Charenton to Oaklawn to be bid
Overlay of La. 87 from Charenton to Oaklawn will be let out for bids no later than June, according to Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin.
Jones said the $6 million project will be completed with funds from the state rural roads project.
“This is a very important road for us,” Jones said. “It’s a farm to market road; it’s a road that serves as access to the levee for our fishermen and sportsmen. It’s a road that services the casino in Charenton. It’s gone from a sleepy farm road years ago to a very important road as far as our residents and our commerce.”
Jones said the project is the only road in the parish that qualifies for the Quality Surface Program for rural roads.
He gave credit to Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, for seeing that the project received the QSP funding.
The program is a $425 million initiative to resurface and repair approximately 1,100 miles of Louisiana’s rural road segments statewide, according to the state department of transportation and Development’s website. The program was made possible through legislation allowing for the bonding of the Highway Improvement Fund revenue stream for non-federal aid routes. The bonded funds, combined with the SHIF’s regular funds, allow the state to improve the quality of roadways, many in rural areas that haven’t been repaired in over 30 years due to lack of funding.