BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Governor John Bel Edwards announces on Wednesday, Oct. 5 the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $270 million to bridge projects.
Governor Edwards and inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development toured East Baton Rouge and discovered bridges were insufficient. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden, makes these local bridges eligible to receive $270 million in funding for repair and replacement.
Louisiana is set to receive almost $1 billion over the next five years through the Bridge Formula Program, as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The state has over 4,700 locally-owned bridges, with more than 700 in need to be fixed or replaced.
“The ability to fully fund these bridge projects will benefit thousands of residents across the state of Louisiana, many of them in rural areas,” said Gov. Edwards. “This funding for bridges is just one way we will implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to grow our economy and improve quality of life. A special thanks to Sen. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Troy Carter for their support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
Consultants will work with the nine DOTD parishes to decide which bridges will be repaired and replaced. DOTD’s role is to help guide parishes through the process and distribute this funding to tend to as many structures as possible.
“Bridges connect communities and, with an aging infrastructure system, we are actively working to ensure continued connectivity for all types of road users in these parishes,” said DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Executing a consultant contract for each district will allow us to speed up the project development process and make the most of this historic investment in our infrastructure system while relying on local leadership for prioritization.”
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