Transportation study recommends state spend $700M annually on road, bridge work

Louisiana

Louisiana has a $13 billion backlog of transportation repair and improvement needs.

Now, a study group is recommending the state spend $700 million more annually on road and bridge work.

The group was created by Governor John Bel Edwards and is co-chaired by State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson.

The group is recommending paying for the work primarily through tax and fee hikes.

A boost in the state gasoline tax is expected to be the main financing piece to any plan pushed by the governor.

Edwards will decide how much money to seek from lawmakers and which proposals from the transportation task force he’ll propose in the regular legislative session.

The session begins in April.

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