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Louisiana DOTD Celebrates Completion of La. 42 Widening Project

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. was recently joined by state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the La. 42 widening project in Ascension Parish.

This $27.48-million project, which stretches 3.7 miles between U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) and La. 44 (N. Burnside Avenue), increased traffic capacity by widening the highway from two to four lanes. Additionally, an 18-foot wide raised grass median was installed between the east and westbound roadways, as well as multiple J-turns to assist larger vehicles with making U-turns throughout the project limits. Drainage additions were also needed to accommodate the significant development in the area, as well as modifications to the sewer designs that were constructed during utility relocations.

"Completing the La. 42 project shows what can happen when local and state governments work together for the greater good of Louisiana's citizens," Gov. John Bel Edwards said. "The sewer, pedestrian, and road improvements will be beneficial to Ascension Parish for many years to come."

“Ascension Parish has seen tremendous growth over the past decade,” Wilson said. “In order to meet the needs of the residents in this parish, we must have infrastructure to support the economic and population growth. Not only has this project allowed for an increase in vehicle capacity, but also has improved bicycle and pedestrian mobility. Creating a lasting infrastructure system such as this is what will push our state forward.”

In order to meet the needs of pedestrians along this busy corridor, a six-foot sidewalk was constructed on the north side of the roadway, as well as a 10-foot bicycle/ pedestrian shared use path on the south side.

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Currently more than 24,000 motorists travel this section of La. 42 daily. The number of motorists is expected to increase to 37,500 by 2034.

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