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City of West Monroe receives $1 million DRA Grant to improve drainage

WEST MONROE – The City of West Monroe has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to upgrade infrastructure at the West Monroe Commercial Park near the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center.

The City of West Monroe will match the DRA grant with funds to install pipes that will improve drainage, eliminate erosion and enhance development at the West Monroe Commercial Park as well as the city-owned property along Interstate 20 known as Pointe West.

Specifically, the project will include the installation of 1,800 linear feet of double 84-inch drainage pipe to fill in the ditch between Frontage Road (Constitution Drive) and Interstate 20.

The completed project will help to improve the flow of stormwater from the West Monroe Commercial Park and protect property by preventing erosion along Interstate 20 and the City’s frontage road. The West Monroe Commercial Park currently supports dozens of businesses and employs hundreds of
people. The project could start as early as summer 2019.

“We thank Delta Regional Authority for awarding this grant to the City of West Monroe,” said West Monroe Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell. “These funds will make much-needed infrastructure improvements to an area that has huge growth potential for our community. These improvements will make Pointe West more attractive to potential developers, which could lead to additional businesses and jobs in our community. A special thanks goes to our federal delegation for their support andfighting to bring these monies to Northeast Louisiana.”

For more information about the meeting, please call the City of West Monroe Mayor’s Office at (318)
396-2600 or visit