BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana will be receiving $134 million in federal funding to bolster the state’s infrastructure.
Funding comes from the new Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program. Edwards said the state of Louisiana will receive $134 million over the next five years, with $25 million expected this fiscal year.
“Louisianans have seen first-hand the impact severe weather can have on our infrastructure,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Flooded roads, overwhelmed pumps, and vulnerable bridges are all too common. This announcement is another step in making critical infrastructure improvements to improve quality of life, increase safety, and grow our economy. I would like to thank President Biden, Senator Cassidy, and Representative Troy Carter for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that made this funding available.”
Edwards said projects that will be receiving funding are in the works of being identified, however, some projects will include roadway elevations, scour protection bridges, and improvements to the stabilization of side slopes in at-risk areas.
“We have a large number of bridges that stand to be elevated and can benefit from the PROTECT dollars as well as surface streets,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Whether it’s a large rain or a hurricane or a flood issue, those dollars will tremendously come in handy. Pumping capacity is also essential for life here in Louisiana. It is a good opportunity for us to strategically modernize our pumping capacity to protect citizens, not just in their daily lives, but in their evacuation purposes as well. We see resilience not just as responding to hurricanes, but being better and building back better, but building back smarter as well.”
On Monday, Senator Bill Cassidy shared news of the funding, saying: “We know the devastation hurricanes and coastal erosion can cause to our infrastructure. I worked on the bipartisan infrastructure law specifically to ensure Louisiana has these resources to strengthen our roads and bridges, and keep our communities safe and resilient.”