By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will use a federal transportation borrowing tool to construct $600 million in long-awaited road projects aimed at relieving traffic headaches.
The biggest-ticket project is a $350 million widening of Interstate 10 from the Mississippi River Bridge to Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge, a daily chokepoint also considered one of Louisiana's most dangerous stretches of roadway.
Also slated for financing are a new access from Interstate 20 into Barksdale Air Force in Bossier City and another I-10 interchange in Kenner to serve a new terminal at the New Orleans airport.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, flanked by local leaders, announced the plans Friday. Louisiana intends to use federal construction bonds and repay the debt over 12 years.
The plan requires some legislative and federal approvals before the money can be used.
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