How exactly new revenue is generated to help improve the state’s transportation infrastructure remains open for discussion.
However that comes about, officials agree new revenue in that area is critical to move the state forward. The state’s top elected official is pushing for ideas to help make that happen.
In June, Gov. John Bel Edwards created an 18-member Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment to look into viable options to help reduce the $12.7 billion backlog for transportation projects, as well as fund “mega-projects.” The I-49 Lafayette
Connector is one such project.
The panel is due to submit their recommendations to the Governor by Jan. 1, 2017.