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One of the best ways to ignite the economy is to build things.  Louisiana has an $18B backlog of roads, bridges, ports, and airports that need to be built, upgraded, repaved, or expanded and our roads are rated a D+ by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  We have lots of work to do.  I will maximize transportation funding by instituting operational efficiencies and prioritizing critical need areas.  And I will protect our state’s working coastline and support investments and policies that enable us to build back smarter and stronger for our state’s long-term resiliency.” – Sharon Hewitt

Overhaul the Department of Transportation

To maximize the state’s dedicated transportation dollars, I will overhaul how the Department of Transportation funds projects to direct more resources to actual engineering and construction, rather than overhead.  And I will shorten the cycle time required for projects by pushing more money and decision-making to the local districts instead of Baton Rouge.  It shouldn’t take 10 years to build a turning lane.

Prioritize capacity projects

While maintaining the roads in rural Louisiana, I will also provide more funding for adding additional roads or new lanes in our high-growth areas to eliminate traffic gridlock.

Proactively  replace crumbling bridges

Bridges will be a much higher priority in my administration, not just the Mississippi River Bridge and the Calcasieu River Bridge, but all of the thousand or so bridges across the Bayou State.  Currently 125 bridges in Louisiana are closed, with hundreds more at risk of being shut down due to their deteriorated condition and the lack of a proactive plan to replace or repair them before it is too late.  Having bridges out of service creates problems during hurricane evacuations and adds time and cost to our commuters and businesses who have to be rerouted.  We can do better.

Protect and expand our ports

Ports continue to be one of the best investments of infrastructure dollars because of the commerce associated with imports and exports and the good-paying jobs they create.  With the Mississippi River running through our state and the Gulf of Mexico at our doorstep, Louisiana should be a dominant player in the shipping industry.  As Governor, I will create a regional port commission to allow our ports collectively to dominate ports in neighboring states.

Invest in coastal restoration and protection

As Governor, I will continue the roughly $1B investment Louisiana is dedicating to coastal restoration and protection projects every year to protect our coastal residents from repeated floods and hurricanes. 

Consolidate water and sewage systems

Across Louisiana, our small water and sewage systems are in crisis.  Billions of dollars are needed to bring these systems up to par.  I will work with local governments to identify opportunities for small systems to consolidate or join larger municipal systems to leverage capacity.   And I will continue to support use of one-time money for the Water Sector Commission’s efforts to fund necessary repairs to keep our drinking water safe and our sewer systems functioning.

Expand broadband

I will continue to support the efforts of Connect Louisiana to leverage federal funds to expand affordable high-speed internet across Louisiana.  In the 21st Century, no household should be without the ability to access educational, health and employment resources because they don’t have an internet connection.   Not only will this effort bring vital connections to our residents it will put our people to work building out the infrastructure needed to support this growing industry.

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Having served on the Senate Transportation Committee, Sharon knows all too well the deficiency in our state’s infrastructure and has championed solutions, including ensuring revenue from the state’s gas tax goes to actual projects.   Sharon just doesn’t talk about what needs to be done, she’s actually rolled up her sleeves and passed legislation that will build our coast, protect our homes and businesses, and improve resiliency.

As a State Senator, Sharon Hewitt has:

  • Supported significant investments in roads, bridges, ports, and airports across the state both with federal dollars AND through shifting of state funds.
  • Supported investments and incentives to establish broadband across the state, particularly in the rural communities where it is desperately needed.
  • Supported the investment of $1B per year in coastal restoration and protection projects across south Louisiana.
  • Requested CPRA and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to cooperate in developing projects and programs to enhance the oyster industry, particularly in light of the impact on the industry with the planned Mississippi River diversions. (SCR 56 of 2020 RS).
  • Created the Lower Pearl River Basin (LPRB) Task Force to study the conditions, needs, issues, and funding relative to flood protection and preservation of the LPRB. Major accomplishments to date include funding to eliminate the log jam near Bogalusa and to remove the sills near Locks 1 and 2 and coordinated opposition to the One Lake project upstream in Jackson, MS. (SR 219 of 2017 RS, SCR 114 of 2019 RS, SCR 51 or 2020 RS, SCR 83 or 2021 RS, and SR 142 of 2023 RS).
  • Requested the oil and gas industry in Louisiana provide access to 3D seismic data interpretations to support work on land subsidence modeling that will allow for more informed decisions on sustainable coastal restoration programs, flood protection structures, and state highways/bridges. This work will result in the creation of a Fault Atlas and will have a major impact on the Coastal Master Plan, the Highway Priority Program and other infrastructure programs. (SR 86 of 2018 RS).
  • Provided an exception for portions of the Comite River, Pearl River, Tchefuncte River, Bogue Falaya River, Abita River, Amite River, and Bayou Manchac from provisions of the natural and scenic rivers program to allow rivers to be snagged and cleared. (Act 189 of 2017 RS, co-authored).
  • Initiated the development of floodplain management plans for each watershed in Louisiana that will allow us to study construction or maintenance impacts, including channelization, dredging, and clearing and snagging activities, upon river basins in the state. This work resulted in the creation of the Watershed Initiative. Major accomplishments to date include the receipt of $1.3B in Federal funding, the completion of a hydrology model for the Amite, a comprehensive plan to model the rest of the rivers, and numerous construction or maintenance projects on our many rivers to reduce flooding. (SR 172 of 2017 RS, co-authored).
  • Requested the Department of Transportation and Development study the privatization of ferry operations throughout the state. (SR 132 of 2021).
  • Supported a robust investment in local water and sewer projects to address the aging infrastructure in our local communities.
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