DOTD confirms Jimmie Davis Bridge project is moving forward without delay
Posted on 3/24/2017 3:29:00 AM.

There is no delay in plans to move forward with the construction of a four lane bridge and converting the current Jimmie Davis Bridge into a pedestrian cross over in Shreveport and Bossier City. That’s the word from DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett who says there was some confusion, as the original proposal was to rehab the original bridge.
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I-10 eastbound near Sorrento closed for the weekend
Posted on 3/10/2017 3:17:00 AM.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Sorrento will be closed over the weekend as crews with the state Department of Transportation will remove a damaged bridge. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says the two lane closure will begin tonight at 9 and the highway will reopen Monday at 5 AM. Traffic will be rerouted. 
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Construction begins on highway barriers in memory of Haughton woman
Posted on 3/8/2017 7:02:00 AM.

Construction has begun on cable barriers along the median of LA 3132 in Shreveport thanks to the efforts of a grieving mother. Tammy Willson of Haughton lost her daughter, Casey Colley, in 2013 when a truck crossed the median of the highway. She says after her daughter’s death, she knew she had to do something in Casey’s memory that would also give back to the community.
(photo courtesy of Casey Colley's Cause Facebook) 
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Edwards administration unveils spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM.

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.
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DOTD Secretary discusses gasoline tax as Press Club
Posted on 2/21/2017 3:15:00 AM.

If Louisianans want better roads, the Department of Transportation will need an additional $700 million a year. That’s according to DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, who says Louisiana is one of only five states that hasn’t adjusted its transportation revenue stream in nearly 30 years. He says that’s why Louisiana’s roads are the 8th worst in the nation.
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DOTD seeking private dollars to help alleviate congestion on I-10 in Baton Rouge
Posted on 1/30/2017 6:26:00 PM.

For the first time in the state’s history, Louisiana’s transportation department is looking to see if a private company wants to help pay for highway projects to alleviate congestion along the I-10 corridor in the Baton Rouge area. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says investors have until March 31st to submit their proposals.
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DOTD announces major project to widen highway in West Monroe
Posted on 1/28/2017 1:52:00 AM.

The Department of Transportation announced construction will begin this summer in West Monroe to widen a 3.2 mile stretch of Arkansas Road between LA 143 and Caldwell Road. DOTD Spokesperson Marshall Hill says the road will be turned into four lanes and a center turn lane will be added to help alleviate traffic.
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Report: Additional $700 million a year needed to improve highways
Posted on 1/8/2017 7:49:00 AM.

The Transportation Task Force has released their final report on how to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, and of course, funding is number one. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says the state needs to increase its investment in transportation by $700 million a year. But he says they haven’t decided how those dollars will be raised.
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DOTD launches Don't Stop on the Tracks campaign
Posted on 1/5/2017 4:06:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation launches a railroad safety campaign. Based on the latest numbers from the Federal Railroad Administration, Louisiana was fourth in the nation for the number of highway-rail grade crossing fatalities in 2015, with 13 deaths. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett says the message of their campaign is do not stop on the tracks.
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Transportation Task Force recommends $700 million annual increase in transportation budget
Posted on 12/13/2016 4:20:00 AM.

The Transportation Task Force is recommending that the budget for roads and bridges be increased by $700 million a year. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says the need in Louisiana is great, and in order to address that need, they need an annual infusion of dollars that’s indexed for the Transportation Trust Fund.
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