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President Mike Cooper announces $5 million has been secured to expand Collins Boulevard in Covington

ST. TAMMANY, La. – President Mike Cooper announces $5 million has been secured to expand Collins Boulevard (U.S. 190) in Covington.

“Today is a remarkable day for the future of St. Tammany Parish,” said Cooper. “The replacement and widening of the Collins Boulevard Overpass, will ease congestion along U.S. 190, provide a reliable evacuation route, and ensure that our citizens continue to have safe, efficient infrastructure. We are incredibly thankful for Congressman Scalise, our state legislators and all those whose partnership will put the needs of our citizens on the forefront.”

The expansion includes a four-lane bridge from West Front Street to LA 437, over the Bogue Falaya and East Boston Street.

“The Bogue Falaya overpass has caused traffic congestion for decades, which is why I’m proud to have played a role in funding the construction of a new 4 lane bridge,” said state Sen. Patrick McMath. “In addition to the $27 million in state funding our delegation secured last session, the $5 million in federal funds will help continue the expansion of US 190. I’d like to personally thank Whip Scalise in helping ease our severe traffic congestion we in St Tammany face on a daily basis. It’s vital that our local, state, and federal partners continue to fund the projects we need to improve our quality of life in St Tammany Parish.”

“The Bogue Falaya bridge expansion is the most anticipated and needed project in Covington,” said state Rep. Mark Wright. “I’m grateful that Congressman Scalise was able to help move it further by obtaining federal funds.”

The project was federally funded through the FY 2022 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which is expected to be approved this week.

“This is very exciting news. Many of our citizens have been waiting for this since we were children,” said Covington Mayor Mark Johnson. “This new bridge will have a wonderful positive impact on all our residents from Barker’s Corner to Folsom, from Goodbee to Franklinton. I’m very grateful to Congressman Scalise for steering this through the labyrinth of Congress and to the State for its financial contribution to this much needed improvement.”

The federal allocation will provide funding for construction of the project, which includes the widening of U.S. 190 from West Front Street to LA 25.

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