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Louisiana to receive $1 billion for bridge improvements

Added 01-18-22 02:23:01pm EST - “Louisiana is set to receive $1 billion over the next five years to improve 400 bridges throughout the state as part of the Bridge Formula Program included in the bipartisan infrastructure package.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Louisiana to receive $1 billion for bridge improvements”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Louisiana is set to receive $1 billion over the next five years to improve 400 bridges throughout the state as part of the Bridge Formula Program included in the bipartisan infrastructure package.

Gov. John Bel Edwards last week announced the funding for Louisiana, which includes $202.6 million this fiscal year. In total, the bridge program administered through the Federal Highway Administration will dedicate $26.5 billion to states to help improve about 15,000 of the 45,023 bridges in poor condition nationwide.

“Louisiana will be well served by this program, as our funding needs for infrastructure projects are immense,” Edwards said.

“Bridge closures or weight restrictions severely hinder our agriculture, manufacturing and service industries, as well as public transit, commuter travel and school bus routes,” he said. “Limiting closures will provide a better overall quality of life to our residents, motorists and businesses.”

Louisiana is one of only seven states set to receive more than $1 billion through the Bridge Formula Program, which awarded the most to California at $4.2 billion, according to the Federal Highway Administration website.

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