Multi-Million Dollar Extension for Arthur Teague Parkway

Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:16pm

The Bossier Parish Police Jury has agreed to a more than eight million dollar bond to improve roads....

It will fund the the multi-million dollar extension to Arthur Ray Teague Parkway.

Local Officials said they researched the traffic flow around Bossier before making the decision on the extension.

A super bond created by the federal government is helping them pay up to 45 percent of the cost.

"the federal government pays us 45% of the cost on that, so there's no time we'll have any cheaper money than that particular method, so that's why we went ahead and executed that last week"

A key component of the extension project is the land swap from the US Fish and Wildlife Department.

"they have a refuge center down there and they're building a visitors center at the refuge center…the parkway's going to be the main entrance to the visitor's center. We need that land cutting through their property to tie the two ends in…and going through that process takes a lot of time…"

The parish hopes to have their portion of the parkway from the Jimmy Davis bridge to Parkway High School completed in a year and a half.

Ultimately, they want to extend the parkway even farther.

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