MONROE -- At their Tuesday night meeting, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury approved the bid to begin the first phase of a multi-million dollar construction project that is set to expand Finks Hideaway Road in Monroe.
The bids were opened February 5th and the low bidder, JB James Construction, LLC, agreed to construct the project for around $7.5 million.
Phase 1 of the project is set to begin in 90 days and will take more than a year to complete.
During the project, the portion of Finks Hideaway Road from Highway 165 to Holland Drive will be expanded to a five-lane road with two lanes going east and two lanes going west with a turning lane for each.
Also, where Finks Hideaway Road intersects with Old Sterlington Road, a traffic light will be erected as opposed to the four-way stop currently there.
Ouachita Parish Police Jurors said this project is very much needed with an estimated more than 9,500 drivers utilizing Finks Hideaway Road every day.
Police Jurors also said with the low bid from JB James Construction, the parish ended up saving around $1.5 million as opposed to the original estimated price.