GONZALES, La. (AP) — Ascension Parish officials said they hope to see a proposed 1-mile road connecting Lamar-Dixon Expo Center to La. 44 ready so they can apply for federal grant money later this year.

Parish officials tells The Advocate they want to take advantage of a federal Tiger Grant to fund the connector that has been eyed for several years as another way to move people in and out of the parish government-owned events complex near Gonzales.

Under current plans, the estimated $10 million, four-lane road would tie South St. Landry Avenue, a key access route to Lamar-Dixon from La. 30, to a road already built in the Edenborne development.

The mixed-use project is home to the new River Parishes Community College campus now under construction.