DOTD announces 23 statewide projects
Published 8:31 am Tuesday, August 10, 2021
On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that 23 projects statewide have been selected for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Federal funding for these projects totals $19.6 million.
“We’re pleased to have these 23 projects around our state selected to be part of TAP,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “As important as our major infrastructure projects are, we must remember that smaller infrastructure projects, especially those involving pedestrians and bicyclists, are equally important. TAP is a step in the right direction to continue making Louisiana welcoming of all forms of transportation, whether it’s motorized or not.”
TAP is a federally funded program administered through DOTD. The goal is to work toward building a more balanced transportation system that includes pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as the motoring public. Eligible projects can include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safe routes for non-drivers, conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails, scenic turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas, archaeological activities, storm water mitigation, wildlife management, and community improvement activities. Community improvement activities can include outdoor advertising management, historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities, and vegetation management.
The 23 projects selected are the following:
- New Orleans area — Soniat Greenway, Chef Menteur Hwy. (U.S. 90) streetscape improvements, Brown Ave. multiuse path, Rail site restoration and steam locomotive rebuild, Discovery School sidewalk project.
- Lafayette area — Old Spanish Trail sidewalk, LA 182 pedestrian signal improvements.
- Monroe area — Jackson St. corridor enhancement, Highland School area sidewalks.
- Lake Charles area — Southwest Louisiana regional bicycle and pedestrian master plan.
- Baton Rouge area — Scotlandville Pkwy. phase 1, E. State St. pedestrian improvements, Ascension Parish Mississippi River levee bike path phase 1, Ascension Parish Mississippi River levee bike path phase 2, Court St. multiuse path to tourist center, St. James east bank Mississippi River trail phase 1, St. James west bank Mississippi River trail phase 2, Baton Rouge Choice multimodal path and connector bridge, St. James east bank Mississippi River trail phase 3, Choctaw Rd. sidewalk
- Hammond area — Washington Parish trail segment A, Bootlegger Rd. sidewalk, Sharp Rd. sidewalk.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.
For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at 225-379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.