DOTD gets $60 million dollars, looking at completing several projects
Posted on 10/11/2017 6:44:00 PM.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation has received an additional 60-million-dollars from the federal government for highway projects. Each year, the Federal Highway Administration allocates road repair funds not used by other states or national programs. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says the money will be used to fix several bridges.
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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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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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TRIP: Poor roads cost Louisiana motorists additional $6.5 billion
Posted on 3/29/2017 11:28:00 AM.

A report from the national transportation research group TRIP finds Louisiana drivers are paying an additional $6.5 billion annually because of poor transportation infrastructure.
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House rejects tax increase for roads and bridges
Posted on 5/28/2015 1:09:00 PM.
The state House has rejected legislation that would increase the state's sales tax by one-cent for road and bridge improvements.  Plaquemine Representative Karen St. Germain's bill overwhelmingly failed to get a two-thirds vote of elected members it needed to pass.
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Two proposed tax increases to benefit state roads pass House committee
Posted on 5/5/2015 11:55:00 AM.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposed tax increases by Plaquemine Representative Karen St. Germain to help fund road and bridge projects in the state.  There is currently a $12 billion backlog of road improvements in the state.  
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Over 1,800 bridges across the state are structurally deficient
Posted on 4/6/2015 11:14:00 AM.
According to the United States Public Interest Research Group, federal data from 2014 indicates that over 1,800 bridges in Louisiana need repairs.  The Federal Highway Administration lists 1,837 bridges in Louisiana as "structurally deficient".  

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29-percent of Louisiana bridges are deficient
Posted on 2/26/2015 12:41:00 PM.
2014 Federal Highway Administration data shows that 29-percent of Louisiana's nearly 13,000 bridges are deficient.  That's the 14th highest percentage in the United States.  

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