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New year brings infusion of state funded road work in Tangi

New year brings infusion of state funded road work in Tangi

Author: Action News 17/Sunday, December 28, 2014/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

AMITE—A bright and shiny new year lies ahead for Tangipahoa Parish where Parish President Gordon Burgess today announced an infusion of state and local funding toward major road and infrastructure improvements in 2015.

Burgess said the state will provide partial funding to assist with two important new road projects in southern Tangipahoa Parish.

Improvements to Wardline Road just west of I-55 north of Hammond and safety work on North Hoover Road from I-12 south to LA 22 east of Ponchatoula will be made possible by an infusion of state and local funding starting next year, Burgess said, crediting three local lawmakers for their role in steering those appropriations back to Tangipahoa Parish.

“This would not be possible without the efforts of Sen. Bodi White and Rep. Chris Broadwater and Steve Pugh,” Burgess said.

The state awarded an initial appropriation of $115,000 for the Wardline Road project, which will include engineering design services for drainage and road safety improvements.

East of Ponchatoula, the North Hoover Road project will take an estimated $2.6 million in state and local funds to complete design, engineering, and various traffic safety improvements that should begin in 2016.

“We are still seeking additional funds for both of these projects so that more work can be done in the near future,” Burgess said.

Also in 2015, the parish will be completing approximately $400,000 in ADA, exterior and interior safety, and climate control improvements to the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse in Amite. Funding for this project includes both state and local dollars.

The parish will wrap up 2014 with the newly-completed Sheriff’s Office evidence room building project. Located at the parish’s Club Deluxe Road substation site, the new building will provide TPSO with a secure site to store and catalog evidence. That project was funded using $37,000 in state appropriations and a $30,000 match from local coffers.

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