Hammond Considering Road-For-Debt Swap With DOTD

HAMMOND, LA (AP) — Hammond officials are considering a swap with the state, taking on maintenance responsibility for two state roads in exchange for relief of a debt to the state.

         The Advocate’s Vic Couvillion reports an ordinance introduced to the City Council on Monday would authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Development to wipe out the $450,000 the city owes the state for an infrastructure project.

         But the savings would be offset by city expenses in maintaining two state roads.

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         Mayor Mayson Foster told the council that the state is pursuing the Road Transfer Credits Program, which allows municipalities to assume responsibility for certain state roads within their jurisdictions in exchange for debts owed to DOTD.

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