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Breaking Ground

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Tuesday morning for Ruston’s Monroe Street Corridor project. The $17 million, multi-phase project will be funded mostly by a federal BUILD grant. The corridor will ultimately connect Louisiana Tech, the university’s Enterprise Campus, downtown Ruston, and Interstate 20. The BUILD grant was the largest of its kind awarded along the I-20 corridor and second largest grant in the 2019 BUILD program.

From left are Ruston businessman James Davison, Ruston Public Works Utilities Manager Andrew Halbrook, Public Works Director John Freeman, Louisiana Tech President Les Guice, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, Alderwoman Melanie Lewis, Alderman Jim Pearce, and Hunt, Guillot & Associates Vice President of Engineering and Staffing Trotter Hunt.