2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funding will address slope failure on Hwy. 119 by Melrose Plantation

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Louisiana Legislature to announce that, as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the state of Louisiana has received approximately $216 million to be allocated for road and infrastructure projects throughout the state. This $1.4 trillion relief package was passed by Congress last year.

In Natchitoches Parish, $5 million has been allocated to a project on Hwy. 119 for embankment slide repairs.

This project will address the embankment slide and construct the realignment of the section of Hwy. 119 near Magnolia Plantation. DOTD is very early on in the project development process but has identified a tentative letting date of December 2022.

The realignment of LA 119 at this location is necessary to avoid the slope failures that are currently impacting the existing roadway. Realignment will help ensure future issues are avoided. DOTD is working with Magnolia Plantation (Cane River Creole National Historical Park) and any other potentially affected property owners as the new alignment is designed and the project moves forward with development.

The Act allocates $155 million to be used at the state’s discretion, $30 million specifically for bridge repair and/or replacement, $20 million for the state’s large metro areas and $11 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructures. DOTD selected projects across the state from needs identified through technical analyses and through legislative and public input gathered at recent and past hearings on the Highway Priority Program. The list of projects is provided below.

“As you are all aware, the state’s roads and bridges are in great need of repair and upgrade,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Addressing these needs has been a priority of my administration. We have proven what we can do when we have funds and have invested over $3 billion in infrastructure since 2016, despite a 1980s revenue stream as the main source of funding. Louisiana’s transportation infrastructure will benefit greatly from this additional funding, and I know DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson has worked tirelessly to find projects that will be most beneficial.”

“This $216 million is the next step in addressing Louisiana’s infrastructure needs,” said Dr. Cassidy. “We have more to do. Continuing this effort is my goal.”

“I’m grateful to our Congressional Delegation, especially Senator Bill Cassidy and his staff, for his unwavering support for our industry and his efforts to make this a reality,” said Secretary Wilson. “We will certainly use these funds to replace funds that were lost as a result of the coronavirus and apply them to some of the most needed projects in all regions of Louisiana. Unlike previous federal bills, these funds can be used for operating costs. While none will be used for DOTD salaries, supplies or travel, we will replace some of our heavy equipment used by District forces in maintaining our state-owned highways and bridges.”

Other projects receiving funds are:


LA 308: from Theriot Canal to St. Charles Bridge, Lafourche Parish, milling and overlay, $1.9 million
LA 648: from LA 20 to LA 1, Lafourche & Terrebonne parishes, milling and overlay, $1.7 million
LA 18: from Barataria Blvd. to Louisiana St., Jefferson Parish, milling and overlay, $2 million
LA 406: left turn lane at Green Trails, Plaquemines Parish, $450,000
LA 31: from St. Martinville to LA 92-1, St. Martin Parish, patching and overlay, $2 million
LA 173: from LA 1 to U.S. 71, Caddo Parish, asphalt overlay, $900,000
LA 2: from West Carroll Parish line to U.S. 65, East Carroll Parish, overlay, $2.1 million
LA 15: from U.S. 425 to Ouachita Parish line, Richland Parish, asphalt overlay, $3.3 million
LA 108: from I-10 to LA 1256, Calcasieu Parish, patching, cold planing, and overlay, $4.1 million
LA 99 and LA 102: from LA 3086 to LA 26, Jefferson Davis Parish, milling and overlay, $1.7 million
U.S. 71: turn lanes for emergency staging area, Rapides Parish, $1 million
LA 914, LA 915, and LA 916: Catahoula Parish, patching and overlay, $2.1 million
LA 68: from U.S. 61 to LA 964, East Feliciana Parish, stabilize and overlay, $2.9 million
LA 78: from U.S. 190 to LA 1, Pointe Coupee Parish, patching, thinning, and overlay, $1.5 million
LA 441: from LA 42 to I-12, Livingston Parish, milling and overlay, $900,000
LA 16: from Livingston Parish line to LA 63, St. Helena Parish, milling and overlay, $3 million

Major Investment

I-49: work TBD, Lafayette Parish, $50 million
I-20: widening from U.S. 165 to approximately 2 miles eastward, Ouachita Parish $20 million
I-20: from Monkhouse Dr. East to Greenwood Rd. at I-20/I-49, Caddo Parish, $15 million
U.S. 190 utility relocation: St. Landry Parish, $8 million

Direct Category Expenditure

Bridge replacement and rehabilitation, Calcasieu Parish, $29.4 million
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure, statewide, $11.3 million
Allocations for greater than 200,000 population, metropolitan planning organizations, $19.9 million

District Priorities

$26 million to the district offices for regional congestion relief and equipment replacement


The Administration is requesting TTF match Highway Priority Program, statewide, $35 million

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One thought on “2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funding will address slope failure on Hwy. 119 by Melrose Plantation

  1. Who knew roads could even catch COVID-19, much less crumble and fall into rivers? Does the virus cause potholes and general neglect in ordinary maintenance as well? If so, we should test all our Parish roads for corona antibodies. I suspect we’re due a lot more of that newly printed federal money.

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