Baton Rouge Leaders Press Case for New, $1 Billion Mississippi River Bridge

The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reports that a chamber of commerce CEO remarked at a gubernatorial task force hearing last week that Louisiana needs needs at least $600 million more annually for transportation and Baton Rouge needs a new Mississippi River Bridge to contend with the “cancer” that is traffic congestion. State transportation chief Shawn Wilson reportedly observed during the meeting that he sees support for more highway expenditures growing around the state and that Governor John Bel Edwards “is willing to be big and bold in transportation.” Options the task force is considering include a gasoline tax increase, tolls and P3 projects.