The $31 million refurbishment is being funded with federal dollars.
Money the President says is drying up
"If this congress does not act by the end of the summer the highway trust fund will run out. There won't be any money there," Said President Obama on Tuesday at a press conference in
That would put a damper on projects in our area.
Funding for major road and infrastructure projects actually comes from a gas tax, about thirty-eight cents of every gallon.
"Twenty cents goes to us, and sixteen cents goes to the federal government," said Marshall Hill of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. He says the gas tax can’t fund everything.
"In the district that we're in which are the nine northeast parishes, we have about a billion dollars worth of needs that includes bridges and roads."
Any interruption in funding could result in projects being delayed if not scrapped.
Independent contractors who bid on larger projects would also be affected.
"If that work is not being done, then of course they're not getting paid and they will be the first ones to lay-off."
He's hopeful the lawmakers in
"What we'll do is continue getting plans ready and get everything ready for bids so when the money comes back we'll be ready"