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Infrastructure problems looming for bridges and roads

LOUISIANA - (11/7/18) MOST, IF NOT ALL OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS AT SOME POINT.

IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT ROADS AND BRIDGES IN LOUISIANA ARE IN ROUGH SHAPE.
BUT DON'T EXPECT TO SEE THEM IMPROVE ANYTIME SOON.

MARSHALL HILL, DISTRICT ENGINEER ADMINISTRATOR, DOTD
"WE GET A COMBINATION OF FEDERAL FUNDING AND STATE FUNDING, THE FUNDING LEVELS HAVEN'T CHANGED IN ABOUT 30 YEARS"

THE CURRENT STATE OF LOUISIANA INFRASTRUCTURE WAS A HOT TOPIC AT A RECENT 2018 LOUISIANA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION'S TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT.
    THEY SAID 25 PERCENT OF LOUISIANA ROADS ARE RATED AS POOR, AND RECEIVED A BUMPY- D PLUS OVERALL.
    AND WITH A LACK OF ADDITIONAL MONEY TO GO TOWARDS FUTURE PROJECTS, THE ROAD FOR LOUISIANA'S INFRASTRUCTURE IS LOOKING ROCKY.

BRIAN BRIGGS REPORTING
"AS IT IS NOW THERE ARE QUITE A BIT OF ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS THAT STILL NEED TO BE WORKED ON, AND IF THE BUDGET CANNOT BE INCREASED IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE QUALITY OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE WILL CONTINUE TO GO DOWNHILL"

MARSHALL HILL, DISTRICT ENGINEER ADMINISTRATOR, DOTD
"WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THE POTHOLES WILL GET MORE, THE DAMAGE THEY DO TO YOU YOUR VEHICLE ARE GOING TO INCREASE. NOW BRIDGES ARE DIFFERENT, WHEN BRIDGES GET TO A POINT WHERE THERE'S SAFETY ISSUES WITH THAT, THEN WE CLOSE THEM."

AND THEY COULD STAY CLOSED INDEFINITELY.
AS IT IS NOW, ANY PLANS TO INCREASE FUNDING LOOK TO BE STUCK AT A STOP SIGN.

MARSHALL HILL, DISTRICT ENGINEER ADMINISTRATOR, DOTD
"YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. NOBODY WANTS NEW TAXES, I DON'T WANT NEW TAXES, I DONT WANT TO PAY THEM, BUT YOU KNOW, SOONER OR LATER SOMETHING'S GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE OR IT'S JUST GOING TO CONTINUE TO DECLINE."


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