WALLACE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Bill Ankner, State Senator Jody Amedee, and State Representative Nickie Monica to announce the extension of La 3213 from the Veterans Memorial Bridge to La 3127, which will play a key role in the state’s long-range hurricane evacuation plan.
Governor Bobby Jindal said, “This road completion is another important step to strengthening infrastructure in St. James and St. John Parishes and will make the area even more attractive to existing Louisiana businesses working to expand or out-of-state companies looking to do business here. Legislators and local officials have worked closely with the state to identify this as an important transportation need, and the completion of this project phase is a key part of aiding the area's future economic development."
DOTD celebrated the opening of the extension at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by DOTD Legislative Liaison Roy Quezaire. Other speakers included State Senator Jody Amedee and State Representative Nickie Monica.
“The extension of La. 3213 from the Veterans Memorial Bridge to La. 3127 provides another hurricane evacuation route for our citizens on the West Bank and parishes farther south,” said DOTD Secretary William D. Ankner, Ph.D. “It also provides an economic boost for the parishes of St. James and St. John.”
The 4.56-mile extension includes two 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders and turn lanes to La. 3127 at its new intersection with La. 3213. Construction on the $15.2-million project began in October 2006.