DOTD breaks ground on project to widen Arkansas Rd. in West Monroe
Posted on 9/7/2017 12:55:00 PM.

The state Department of Transportation has started a major project on Arkansas Road in Ouachita Parish. DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson says with a big boom in residents in West Monroe, there is a serious need for a wider road. He says this construction will increase the traffic capacity in the area.
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DOTD redesigns interstate barriers amid flood complaints
Posted on 8/18/2017 10:47:00 AM.

Amid claims a concrete barrier on I-12 worsened flooding last year, the state department of transportation will redesign the walls on new construction projects. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says two inch tall openings stretching 12 to 24 inches wide will be put in the walls every so many feet.
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Louisiana ranks 9th for structurally deficient rural bridges
Posted on 6/30/2017 2:51:00 AM.

Louisiana ranks ninth in the country for structurally deficient rural bridges, according to the transportation research group TRIP. Their report, which used state data, found 15 percent of rural bridges in Louisiana need to be repaired or replaced.
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DOTD closes roads due to high water
Posted on 6/22/2017 12:14:00 PM.

State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson advises residents to take caution while driving today. He says 18 corridors across the southern half of the state have road closures on them because of high water. Wilson says drivers should never cross flooded roadways.
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DOTD announces plans to widen I-10 in EBR and Ascension Parishes
Posted on 6/14/2017 12:41:00 PM.

The state Department of Transportation announces plans to widen Interstate 10 from four to six lanes in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes. The project also includes the replacement of the LA 42 overpass. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says construction is slated to begin in early 2018.
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Lawmaker suggests firing DOTD employees to pay for better roads
Posted on 6/2/2017 2:52:00 AM.

After a proposal to increase the state’s gasoline tax was tabled for the session, one lawmaker proposed firing employees at the state Department of Transportation to pay for better roads. Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh says the state has the money in the budget, they’re just not spending it right.
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House scheduled to vote on gas tax hike
Posted on 5/30/2017 8:32:00 PM.

A vote is expected Wednesday in the House to raise the state’s gasoline tax to fund more highway construction projects. State Representative Steve Carter originally called for a 17 cent a gallon hike, but he’s willing to amend it to a 10 cent increase. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says lowering the proposed tax means fewer megaprojects will be completed.
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DOTD breaks ground on I-10 widening project
Posted on 4/7/2017 5:52:00 AM.

The Department of Transportation has broken ground on a project to widen a 7 mile section of Interstate 10 from I-49 to the Atchafalaya Basin. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says they are replacing the original pavement and widening it to three lanes. He says this will increase the interstate’s capacity for the 60,000 people who drive this stretch of highway every day.
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More revenue needed to repair decrepit roads, bridges
Posted on 3/30/2017 7:43:00 AM.

More revenue is needed to repair Louisiana’s crumbling roads and decrepit bridges. That’s according to Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson, who says it’s been 30 years since the state has made any real investment in transportation. The transportation research group TRIP found 26 percent of major roads in Louisiana are in poor condition. Wilson says we have to provide better infrastructure for our people.
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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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