Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted a $1.5 million investment to repair and resurface more than five miles of Highway 811 in Jackson Parish, a route frequently used by timber and oil and gas industries.
Governor Jindal said, "Today we're highlighting yet another investment that will support our economy and improve the infrastructure in Louisiana. For too long, many rural roads in our state like La. 811 went unrepaired, resulting in a less efficient commute and potential safety hazards for drivers. That's why we made transportation investments a top priority because we know that quality roads make our state more attractive for new business investments, and most importantly, make our roads safer for our families."
The project is part of the Governor's initiative to bond out half of the State Highway Improvement Fund, which will generate $425 million over three years to repair approximately 1,100 miles of rural roads across Louisiana. The projects for the program were selected through DOTD's priority program based on traffic volumes and roadway assessments.
Rep. Jim Fannin authored a bill in the 2012 legislative session to bond out the State Highway Improvement Fund, which was created exclusively to fund state roads classified as Non-Federal Aid routes that are not eligible for federal funding and are mostly rural routes. Often these routes are not eligible for matching funds from the federal government, which means there is less money available to fund projects for rural roads throughout the state.
Rep. Jim Fannin said, "This resurfacing project will support the energy and lumber production industries so we can continue growing our economy. It will also help us keep our people safe as they travel La. 811. I look forward to working with Governor Jindal on more transportation investments so we can continue improving rural roadways that need repair throughout our state."
Since 2008, the Jindal Administration has made transportation and infrastructure projects a top priority by investing an unprecedented $4.9 billion in Louisiana's infrastructure.