Construction projects in Acadiana -- including improvements to the Lafayette Parish Courthouse, renovations on college campuses and I-49 South construction -- would receive more than $405 million in state funding under a proposal sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The Legislature approved the multi-year funding measure, House Bill 2, that lays out spending of more than $5 billion for construction over the next five years, including about $2 billion next year from state sources, borrowed money and federal funding.
André Breaux, vice president of policy initiatives and governmental affairs for the regional economic development group One Acadiana, said the measure included several items advocated in the organization’s Regional Infrastructure Visioning Report.
“Of course, I-49 South has been a consistent priority of ours, so it’s good to see the funding in there for that project,” Breaux said.
The spending measure allocates state money for projects to various entities, such as parishes, cities, executive departments. In many cases, allocations are carried over from a previous year or represent money that will be available in future years.