I-12 to get six lanes between US 190, Hwy 21

No timetable for completion

Chris Miller
September 05, 2019 - 11:46 am

Gov. John Bel Edwards and St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister today revealed details of the I-12 improvement project for western St. Tammany. The state secured a $52 million allocation from the federal government to widen the interstate between U.S. 190 and LA Highway 21. St. Tammany will add $8 million to the project.

The work will add a third lane in each direction to the three mile stretch of interstate. It will also widen the overpass over U.S. 190 and bridges over Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says more than 70,000 vehicles pass through that area of I-12 daily, and they expect it to increase to 110,000 over the next 20 years.

"St. Tammany Parish is continuing to see an influx of residents, and the widening of I-12 will benefit the residents and the motorists who travel this stretch of highway," said Gov. Edwards. "Investing in infrastructure projects like this not only provides much-needed traffic relief to the area, but also boosts the economy and quality of life for Louisianans."

"We have long touted the need for this project, and because of our past collaborative work with the state, our constant communications, and everyone’s commitment to making this happen, this funding will provide safer travel for our citizens," said Brister.

The project will be let out to bid in December.

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