Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Louisiana’s Autonomous Truck Rules Will Take Effect Aug. 1

Autonomous truck The law allows autonomous trucks to operate in Louisiana without a human driver in the vehicle as long as the vehicle meets certain criteria. (ZF Group)

Louisiana’s recently approved regulations for autonomous commercial motor vehicles will take effect Aug. 1.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 15, 2019
Business, Fuel

Tropical Storm Barry Set to Dump Two Feet of Rain on Louisiana

Tropical Storm Barry approaches Louisiana The Mississippi River approaches a levee at left in New Orleans ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. (Matthew Hinton/Associated Press)

The leading edge of Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain is reaching Louisiana, where communities including New Orleans are bracing for a downpour that threatens to inundate already-high waterways. Gulf of Mexico operators have shut-in 1.01 million barrels a day of oil production.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2019

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards Signs $700 Million Infrastructure Bill

1-49 exit to Shreveport john p nasiatka/Flickr

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed legislation that would direct $700 million to transportation projects across the state.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 3, 2019
Business, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Cameron LNG Poised for First Export Shipment With First LNG Tanker

LNG An LNG tanker (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

Cameron LNG is poised to load its first export shipment of liquefied natural gas after the arrival of the first LNG tanker at its Louisiana facility.

Sergio Chapa | Houston Chronicle
May 29, 2019
Government, Business, TCA

Louisiana Legislators Target Billboards That Demean Truckers

Louisiana billboard A Louisiana 3-D billboard under construction in 2014. (Gordon McKernan/YouTube)

Louisiana’s trucking industry is pushing for a state moratorium on new highway billboards, in part because truckers are angry about trial attorney road signs that demean truckers over injury claims.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
April 5, 2019
Government, Business, TCA

Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge Could Open Sooner Than January Target Date

Sunshine Bridge repair The Sunshine Bridge in Louisiana undergoes repair after a crane barge collided with it in October. The accident placed the bridge out of service. (Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development)

Despite high-profile projects in Baton Rouge and elsewhere, Louisiana’s $14 billion backlog of road and bridge needs will rise next year because the state lacks the needed resources, state Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson said Nov. 15.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
November 16, 2018
Government, Business

New Interstate Interchange Opens in Louisiana

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Louisiana officials recently celebrated the completion of a project linking two interstate highways in the northern part of the state. The Interstate 49 North project in Shreveport creates an interchange with I-220.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 19, 2018
Government, Logistics, TCA

Louisiana State Rep. Not Ready to Give Up on Improving Roads: ‘We Have to Fix It’

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Seven months after their push for a hike in the state gas tax died, road and bridge advocates are scrambling to see what, if any, other options are available for traffic relief.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
January 8, 2018
Government, Business

Gautreaux Starts as No. 2 at FMCSA

The country’s regulatory agency for trucks and buses has a new deputy administrator in Cathy Gautreaux.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 20, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

Louisiana Voters OK Measure to Tighten Transportation Spending

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Louisiana officials agree that the state’s roads need fixing. Beyond that, though, they can’t seem to agree on what to do about it. But they did make some progress earlier this month toward a solution when the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment to safeguard any money raised by new gas taxes.

Daniel C. Vock | Governing
October 24, 2017