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Louisiana Joint Transportation Committee Approves DOTD Priority Programs

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that the Joint Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee has approved priority programs for highways, aviation, ports, and flood control for fiscal year 2021-2022. These programs identify infrastructure projects around the state anticipated to let during FY 21-22.

The Highway Priority Program received approval for an estimated $1.02-billion investment in highway preservation, operations, and safety. Congestion mitigation, local road safety programs, road transfers, and other items are also included in the program.

“I would like to commend the members of the Joint Transportation Committee for the oversight and leadership as we work together to improve and maintain the state’s infrastructure,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D.

DOTD will invest just over $28.2 million for 60 projects in the Airport Construction and Development Priority Program. The total cost of these projects is just over $84.1 million. DOTD has an additional 984 unfunded projects in the program at a cost of just over $1.29 billion. The Louisiana Airport System is responsible for over 84,000 jobs with a payroll over $2.6 billion and provides over $9.3 billion in economic impact to the state annually.

The Port Construction and Development Priority Program was approved to add three new projects to the list of 19 that were previously approved and are awaiting funding. The 22 projects consist of $544 million in construction costs, requiring $181 million in state funding to provide an estimated $2.39 billion in benefits to the state and almost 2,600 created or retained jobs.

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The Statewide Flood Control Priority Program was approved to add two new projects to the list of eight that were previously approved and awaiting funding. Another previously approved project was revised to expand the project scope and add funding. The 11 projects consist of $82.6 million in construction costs, requiring $67.7 million in state funding to provide an estimated $224.9 million in flood damage reduction benefits to the state.

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