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Money from federal infrastructure act will help fix roads, bridges in the ArkLaTex

Economic developer discusses how many jobs this could bring to the area
Rockey Rockett, executive director of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, and...
Rockey Rockett, executive director of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, and other Shreveport-Bossier City area residents spoke with KSLA News 12's Tayler Davis about what impact the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 could have locally. (Source: Gray TV file photo)(WLBT)
Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 3:06 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — President Joe Biden signed the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Monday, Nov. 15.

Some of that money will help improve roads and bridges in the ArkLaTex.

People here in Shreveport say this can help revitalize and attract more people to the city.

“Maybe instead of taking our tax dollars and being wasteful with it, we should just use it for once and fix our roads,” Rosa Herrell.

“I know that still a lot of people go down on the riverfront and it looks nice and they are working on the bridge coming over. Our bridges do need work and they’re old. I grew up here and do know that bridges coming in do need some work,” Lisa Rago said.

Reports claim at minimum Louisiana is expected to get $7.2 billion.

A day after the the bill was signed into law, KSLA News 12’s Tayler Davis spoke with Rocky Rockett, executive director of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, about how many jobs this could bring to the area.

“I think some improvements and new tops on the road will help us out greatly and that some jobs that will go along with that, of course, we are talking about infrastructure with water and sewer, infrastructure with bridges and of course we know we a have a lot of bridge needs in south Louisiana, a lot of backlog of repair bridges more work,” he said.

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