Parish President Mike Cooper joined Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn D. Wilson., as well as, Steve Scalise, and other local, state and federal leaders to celebrate the beginning of construction on the widening and overlay of Interstate 12 in St. Tammany Parish. The ceremony was held at Church of the King, which is located at the beginning of the project.
Phase one, which began in early May, will widen just over 3 miles of pavement from U.S. 190 to LA 59 into the median, overlaying the existing lanes with asphalt, and installing concrete median protection. Phase two, which will widen I-12 from U.S. 190 to LA 21, is expected to begin construction in the coming weeks. On average, more than 95,000 drivers use that stretch of I-12 daily, but estimates show that number could grow exponentially in the coming years.
Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, acknowledged the efforts of his predecessor, the late Pat Brister, who worked closely with others to secure funding for the project.
Phase three includes I-12 from LA 21 to LA 1077. Phase three does not have an anticipated letting date as a funding source has not been identified yet.