Gov. Edwards announces multimillion dollar investment plan for Louisiana roads


    John Bel Edwards
    Gov. John Bel Edwards holds a press conference on the Louisiana Capitol steps Monday (April 19, 2021). (Photo by Julie O'Donoghue/Louisiana Illuminator)

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation was allocated $216 million in the December 2020 COVID-19 relief package, and Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that the money will be used to fund projects across around the state.

    The transportation department will spend $30 million specifically for bridge repair and/or replacement, $20 million for the state’s metro areas and $11 million for electric vehicle charging implementation, Edwards said, with the $155 million will be used at the state’s discretion.

    “As you are all aware, the state’s roads and bridges are in great need of repair and upgrade,” Edwards said. “Addressing these needs has been a priority of my administration. We have proven what we can do when we have funds and have invested over $3 billion in infrastructure since 2016, despite a 1980s revenue stream as the main source of funding.  Louisiana’s transportation infrastructure will benefit greatly from this additional funding, and I know DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson has worked tirelessly to find projects that will be most beneficial.”

    Major investment projects include $50 million on Interstate 49 in Lafayette Parish, $20 million on Interstate 20 in Ouachita Parish and $15 million on Interstate 20 in Caddo Parish.