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|Council approves agreement to extend I-20 frontage road|
The Monroe City Council approved a cooperative endeavor agreement for the extension of the Interstate 20 frontage road that runs in front of Sam's Club.
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury approved the measure last month.
The road currently stops where the Monroe Speedway is being built, but a plan is in the works to extend it 1.3 miles to the Millhaven Road interchange.
The state Bond Commission has already approved $1 million to advance the project, which is expected to cost $2.2 million.
City councilman Arthur Gilmore had some concerns with cooperative endeavor agreement.
He said once the work is complete, the frontage road will be taken over by the parish for maintenance.
"Do we really want to invest $1.115 million in this project and then allow the police jury to be the ones to maintain it?" Gilmore said.
Gilmore noted that the cooperative endeavor agreement could be amended, and that may be something the city should look at in the future.
Councilman Robert Johnson said that if the police jury maintained the road, it will be liable for that maintenance or lack of maintenance.
"It might be a fair trade-off," Johnson said. "I don't know if we really want to take that responsibility."
Right-of-way acquisition for the extension project is underway. Engineers will be selected at a later date for the design and construction phases.