The Louisiana Municipal Association’s Transportation Infrastructure Summit was held in early November in Alexandria and the focus of the municipal leaders was centered squarely on improving the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
Officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and civil engineering firms addressed the gathering and painted a grim picture of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
“Louisiana is at a crossroads,” said Eric Kalivoda, deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. “We can continue down the path we’re on — and we know what that looks like. Or we can invest in our infrastructure for economic gain.”
A recent report card from civil engineers have given the state’s roads and bridges a grade of D.
“The bottom line is: We have a critical problem in the state, and we have to get serious about how we address these issues,” said Kam Movassaghi, a consultant and former DOTD secretary.
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