An Iberville Parish bridge will relieve congestion along the LA 1 Corridor caused by high traffic volumes accessing I-10 and the Mississippi River Bridge at Baton Rouge. In addition, an Iberville Parish bridge will enhance mobility and access across the Mississippi River that has stymied the growth of residential, commercial and industrial development, especially in Iberville Parish due to the lack of efficient connectivity between interests in Iberville Parish, which sits astride on both sides of the river.
A new bridge in Iberville Parish will also enhance hurricane evacuation routing for populations in the lower Atchafalaya, Lafourche and Barataria basins of coastal South Louisiana. In addition, an alternate route to US 61 and I-10 is needed due to flooding during Hurricane Isaac.
An additional Mississippi Bridge crossing in Iberville Parish opens up industrial development and movement of workers, as well as increase accessibility and bring traffic relief to I-10 for those commuting to the west bank, west towards Lafayette and relieve traffic movement towards Nicholson Drive and LSU.
Perhaps best of all, this new bridge location offers a compelling alternative to a bypass around Baton Rouge.