Transit Advocate’s Guide: LA Department of Transportation and Development


Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Mission/History
LaDOTD Role
Funding
High-Profile Projects / Policies / Programs
Reaching LaDOTD
Advice for Advocates

Mission / History

The LA Department of Transportation and Development’s (LaDOTD) mission is to deliver transportation and public works systems that enhance quality of life and facilitate economic growth and recovery.

LaDOTD Role

LaDOTD operates and maintains state highways and bridges. LaDOTD works closely with the RPC often taking over projects once the RPC gets them to the design and construction phase.

FUNDING

According to a report entitled Solving Louisiana’s Transportation Crisis: A historic economic development opportunity, “Current funding for LaDOTD comes from the combined revenues of a 20-cent per gallon state gasoline tax, federal aid dollars, self-generated revenues, and other variable streams (e.g., interagency transfers). Four cents per gallon of the state gasoline tax is dedicated to Louisiana’s Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program, while the remaining sixteen cents per gallon flows into the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).”

The same report states that needed improvements “have exceeded available resources for some time. This disparity between state resources and project costs has created a 2007 project backlog of nearly $14 billion, which (unaddressed) grows at an average rate of five percent per year.” In other words, many improvements are need to our roadways, but LaDOT funding is stretched very thin. Every year we put off improvements, the cost rises.

High-Profile Projects / Policies / Programs

Traffic Updates LaDOTD provides regular traffic updates on its website. News concerning traffic and construction projects for Orleans Parish are available here.

Public engagement

LaDODT occasionally holds public hearings about new projects. Refer to the announcement section of LaDODT’s website for updates.

Reaching LaDOTD

LaDOTD’s website is:  http://www.dotd.la.gov/.  LaDOTD’s general customer service number is 1-877-452-3683 and the general email is dotdcs@la.gov.

Advice for Advocates

According to the Center for Planning Excellence’s Walk and Ride Guide, when seeking federal funds for a transportation project, advocates should keep in mind that the federal government may require LaDODT to complete solicit and select contractors. As a result, it is important to closely with the LaDOT when planning projects.