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

Shreveport road map Shutterstock

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 | Staff 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
Government, Logistics, TCA

Story of Louisiana Road, Bridge Problems: Millions in Budget but Billions in Backlog

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While Louisiana road and bridge needs poured in to a key legislative committee Oct. 12, prospects for any sweeping changes are bleak.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
October 12, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

Louisiana Regulators Allow More Truckers to Haul Hazardous Waste

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Louisiana regulators Sept. 20 allowed more companies to haul toxic waste in the state, but the Public Service Commission did not go as far as a newly passed state law demands, which will force the courts, ultimately, to decide how to handle hazardous leftovers from industry and the oilfield.

Mark Ballard | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
September 22, 2017

Waterway Infrastructure Hits Shipping Companies, Opens Door to Trucks

Louisiana paddle boat bridge New Orleans Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Infrastructure on the nation’s inland waterways needs an investment boost. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates $4.9 billion is needed in the next 20 years to improve locks and dams across the country.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
August 9, 2017
Government, TCA

'Irresponsible’ for Louisiana to Ignore Road, Bridge Needs, Sponsor of Unsuccessful Gas Tax Hike Says

Bridge in Louisiana faungg's photos/Flickr

The sponsor of a failed bill to raise Louisiana’s gas tax said July 31 the state should consider other options to improve roads and bridges, including the already-stressed general fund.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
August 1, 2017