Louisiana’s roads and bridges will get $40 million more a
year under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
The new law, previously HB728, establishes a Highway
Improvement Program Fund for the state. The fund will receive a portion of
truck and trailer registration and licensing fees and taxes that now are used
to pay Louisiana’s general expenses.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
can only spend the money on state highways serving rural areas that are
ineligible for federal assistance.
Rep. Eddie Lambert, R-Prairieville, said the funds are
needed for maintenance and capital improvements, including expanding highway
The Highway Improvement Program Fund will receive 25 percent
of state proceeds from the truck fees and taxes for fiscal year 2007. The
percentage will increase by 25 percent each year until 2010.