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State announces 2013 plan to fix rural roads in La.

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The louisiana Dept. of transportation has announced it will proceed with bonding the first year of projects for its Quality Surface program which will repair and resurface rural roads across the state.

"Because borrowing costs are higher than expected and interest rates are predicted to stay low, it does not make good fiscal sense for the state to borrow more money than is needed," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. "Therefore, we will bond the first year of SHIF funds and proceed with our efforts to repair more than 360 miles of rural roads for this year."

This historic resurfacing program was made possible through Governor Jindal's bill providing for the bonding of non-federal aid route funds or State Highway Improvement Funds (SHIF). The bonded funds combined with the SHIF regular funds allows the state to improve the quality of roadways that haven't been touched in over 30 years.

With bonds being sold in the next few months, DOTD is able to start essential repairs to our rural roads with the Quality Surface Program. The first year Quality Surface Program's list represents approximately $150 million in projects to repair and resurface more than 75 road segments across Louisiana. This year's breakdown includes approximately 360 miles of roadway repaired, approximately $82 million in projects come from north Louisiana and approximately $70 million in projects from south Louisiana.

DOTD will continue forward with the first year list which was selected through DOTD's priority program based on traffic volumes and roadway assessments. Not only will the upcoming repairs connect citizens across our state to smoother and safer roadways, but a better quality of life as well.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state's aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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