Monroe buys last land needed for Kansas Lane connector, Mayor talks drainage projects at city update

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(3/25/19) With Mayor Jamie Mayo’s signature, we’re one step closer to construction beginning on the Kansas Lane connector project. 

Mayor Mayo signed the paperwork for the last right of way land purchase today. 

The project will provide an inner city loop from Interstate 20 to Kansas Lane, then to Highway 165 North, and back down to Highway 165 South.

The connector will help relieve traffic congestion and spur economic development. 

Mayor Mayo says that the project has been in the works for years.

“It just goes to show, what can happen when local government and private entities work together. The Monroe Chamber of Commerce has been awesome with this project along with the city and not just with this project, but with several other projects and we certainly appreciate that,” said Mayor Mayo.

The project is expected to cost about $34.5 million.

The city has now purchased 34 parcels of land from 39 owners.

Monroe is also working on several drainage projects that the City Council will discuss at tomorrow night’s meeting.

The Louberta Street project is complete, but the Davis Drive and Bayou Lane projects will go before council to begin bidding. 

These projects aim to improve water lines, sewage lines, catch basins, and overall drainage.

City Engineer Kim Golden and Mayor Mayo are headed down to Baton Rouge tomorrow to meet with the Joint Legislative Committee to discuss other solutions for flooding.

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