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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Shawn Wilson, DOTD, I-10, FASTLANE, transportation

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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Shawn Wilson, Steve Carter, gasoline tax, transportation

Rep Jones files bill to increase gasoline tax
Posted on 4/5/2017 12:15:00 PM.

There’s been talk of raising the gasoline tax by as much as 17 cents a gallon in the upcoming legislative session. Franklin Representative Sam Jones believes that’s too much of a hike, but he says the state needs to invest more in transportation infrastructure.
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Sam Jones, gasoline tax, fiscal session, transportation

Business leaders back higher gas tax
Posted on 4/4/2017 5:13:00 PM.

Business leaders in Louisiana are coming together to support the passage of a higher gas tax. The new coalition is calling itself BUILD IT. Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp says they will back proposals to increase the state’s gasoline tax to fund highway construction.
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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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Americans for Prosperity push back against proposed gasoline tax hike
Posted on 3/17/2017 5:10:00 AM.

The conservative political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, is pushing back against proposals to increase the state’s gasoline tax. State Director John Kay says they stand against any increase on the gasoline tax, no matter how big or small, because Louisiana taxpayers have already seen their taxes go up enough.
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Lawmakers putting together bill to increase state's gasoline tax
Posted on 3/16/2017 5:15:00 AM.

With the legislative session approaching, lawmakers are working on a bill that would raise the state’s gasoline tax for the first time in 30 years. Democratic Representative Sam Jones of Franklin says lawmakers need to put something on the ballot to improve deteriorating roads and bridges. But he says it’s still unclear how many cents the tax would go up.
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Transportation in Louisiana will be hot button issue this session
Posted on 1/18/2016 3:45:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Transportation is expected to be a major topic in the upcoming regular session. Governor John Bel Edwards says he showed President Barack Obama the single lane of traffic motorists must pass through in Baton Rouge on I-10 when going from west to east.
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Gubernatorial candidates discuss highway transportation funding
Posted on 1/16/2015 12:59:00 PM.
Jeff Palermo reporting.
The four announced candidates for governor met in Baton Rouge today to discuss ways Louisiana can have a better highway system. The idea of raising the gasoline tax was not discussed, but republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle says he would look into toll roads if elected.
(Scott Angelle)
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