DOTD holds groundbreaking to kick-off U.S. 167 project
Friday, March 25, 2022 at 1:31:11 PM
TURKEY CREEK, La. – DOTD celebrated another win for infrastructure yesterday as it joined local and state officials for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off construction for the U.S. 167 road preservation project.

This $4.9 million road preservation project will overlay a 9.22-mile section of U.S. 167 from La. 13 to the Rapides Parish line.

Work on the project involves milling asphalt concrete, patching, asphalt surface treatment, new asphalt pavement, repairing drainage structures, guardrail replacement, rumble strips, striping, and related work.

“The start of this road preservation project is a great example of the state’s commitment to investing in the state’s infrastructure and economic growth,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson. “U.S. 167 is an essential connector for residents and businesses in this region. This project, which includes guardrail replacement and rumble strips, also means safer and more efficient travel for the motorists who travel across this highway every day.”

Since Governor Edwards took office in 2016, approximately $26.9 million has been invested to improve the U.S. 167 corridor statewide.

Serving over 2500 vehicles per day, this section of U.S. 167 provides access to local commerce, as well as a connection point between Evangeline and Rapides parish.

With U.S. 167 serving as a vital link to one of the state’s heavily traveled north-south interstate highway corridor, Interstate 49, the construction of this project further demonstrates DOTD’s commitment to enhancing the state's highway system.

“I have fought personally for the Hwy. 167 North project for nearly 10 years and to see this project become a reality is overwhelming,” said Senator Heather Cloud. “Thank you DOTD for your efforts, Evangeline Parish Police Jury who made the request and partnered with us and of course to my colleagues in the legislature and especially Representative Rhonda Butler, who helped to secure the funding.”

“I am excited to see this project come to completion and thankful for the teamwork between DOTD, Senator Cloud and myself. This will be an asset for the locals traveling to work and much needed during hurricane season,” said Representative Rhonda Butler.