Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan Update
Everyone in Louisiana relies on transportation. Whether it is to move products to market, to fly into a
city to attend a conference, to travel to work, or ride a bike to a park, transportation is involved. In the
next 30 years, Louisiana's economic health and quality of life may be at risk because of transportation
funding challenges. Costs of providing infrastructure and services are up, but revenue is down.
Maintaining what already exists continues to take a larger portion of available funds, leaving limited
opportunities for addressing other significant transportation needs. This situation calls for a
comprehensive look at how transportation can best address Louisiana's needs in the long-term under
the influence of the current economic climate. In short, what type of transportation investments will
best serve Louisiana?
In December 2003 the Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan completed by the Department of
Transportation and Development (DOTD) was adopted by the Louisiana Investment in Infrastructure for
Economic Prosperity (LIIEP) Commission. The Plan, which included extensive participation and input
from agencies and major stakeholders throughout the state, addressed multimodal transportation
needs within the context of a growing economy. A few years later, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
redefined needs. As a result, a Review and Status report was completed in 2008 that considered the
impacts of the storms and reported on the implementation status and updated construction costs of the
2003 Plan recommendations.
Since then, Louisiana, as well as the rest of the United States, has felt the consequences of the economic
recession and limited transportation funding. It is time for a full update of the transportation plan to
determine the most appropriate transportation investments and policies for Louisiana.
An overview of the plan and how public involvement activities are reflected in general are described in
the plan overview. Additional details on public involvement are provided in the next section.
Plan Public Involvement Activities
The Plan's Public Involvement Plan provides the framework for obtaining input and
providing information to the stakeholders and general public.
Visioning Workshop - A Visioning Workshop was held in November 2012 to craft a draft vision, goals and objectives
to be reviewed in the first Round Of Advisory Council meetings held in March 2013.
Round One Advisory Council Meetings – Each of the eight Advisory Councils met during the period March 20-21, 2013
to learn about the Plan Update and to discuss specific issues relative to policy recommendations and transportation
investments. More information about these meetings is available at Round One Advisory Council meetings.
The current Plan outreach activities relate to identifying key issues and concerns by reaching out to the legislature
in a questionnaire and the general public via a telephone survey. This information was used in the Visioning Workshop
held in November 2012. Summaries of all three activities are included in the Interim Plan Documents section.
Interim Plan Documents
As Plan documents are prepared they will be posted here for review. To date, these include:
The Plan is to be completed and adopted by early 2014. The following table depicts a schedule marked by the major public involvement activities.
|Expected Time Frame
|May - October 2012
|Indian Tribe Consultation
||Round 1 Advisory Council and Policy Committee Meetings
|Early to Mid 2013
||Advocate Presentation Meetings
||Round 2 Advisory Council and Policy Committee Meetings
|April – June 2013
||DOTD Public Hearings
||Round 3 Advisory Council and Policy Committee Meetings
|Late 2013 – Early 2014
||Plan Review Period – details to be determined
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