Gov. John Bel Edwards, Parish President Pat Brister and other local officials were on hand for a news conference about a $50 million project to widen I-12. The Edwards administration announced last week that $42 million in federal highway money would be used to widen a congested stretch of the interstate, with the parish adding $8 million. The money is part of a $76 million allocation to Louisiana of federal transportation dollars initially pegged for other states that failed to dedicate the money before required deadlines. The St. Tammany project, which will widen a 3.26-mile stretch of I-12 from U.S. 190 to La. 59 from four lanes to six, will get the largest share of the $76 million. Bids will be requested in December for the widening. This is one of three I-12 projects that the state Department of Transportation and Development is planning in the area.