2015 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?

The 2015 Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan is now available for review.  Comments can be submitted by clicking here or on the "Comment Form" menu item on the left side of this page. DOTD will accept comments on the Draft Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan through November 9, 2015.



00_Table of Contents.pdf00_Table of Contents9/4/2015 3:59 PM2837 KB
01_Introduction.pdf01_Introduction9/4/2015 3:59 PM305 KB
02_Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures.pdf02_Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures9/4/2015 3:59 PM1745 KB
03_Public Involvement.pdf03_Public Involvement9/4/2015 3:59 PM631 KB
04_Transportation in Louisiana.pdf04_Transportation in Louisiana9/4/2015 3:59 PM3553 KB
05_Transportation System Needs.pdf05_Transportation System Needs9/4/2015 3:59 PM738 KB
06_Funding Louisiana's Transportation Needs.pdf06_Funding Louisiana's Transportation Needs9/4/2015 3:59 PM688 KB
07_Megaprojects.pdf07_Megaprojects9/4/2015 3:59 PM3249 KB
08_Recommendations.pdf08_Recommendations9/4/2015 3:59 PM310 KB
Appendix A_Legislative Questionnaire Summary.pdfAppendix A_Legislative Questionnaire Summary9/4/2015 3:59 PM1074 KB
Appendix B_Public Telephone Survey Summary.pdfAppendix B_Public Telephone Survey Summary9/4/2015 3:59 PM361 KB
Appendix C_ Indian Tribe Consultation Summary.pdfAppendix C_ Indian Tribe Consultation Summary9/4/2015 3:59 PM575 KB
Appendix D_Visioning Workshop Summary.pdfAppendix D_Visioning Workshop Summary9/4/2015 3:59 PM854 KB
Appendix E_Policy Committee Meeting Summaries.pdfAppendix E_Policy Committee Meeting Summaries9/4/2015 3:59 PM1303 KB
Appendix F_Megaproject Priority Lists and Maps.pdfAppendix F_Megaproject Priority Lists and Maps9/4/2015 3:59 PM10885 KB
Appendix G_Megaproject Advocate Questionnaire and Evaluation Form.pdfAppendix G_Megaproject Advocate Questionnaire and Evaluation Form9/4/2015 3:59 PM241 KB
Appendix H_Population and Employment Forecasts.pdfAppendix H_Population and Employment Forecasts9/4/2015 3:59 PM224 KB
Appendix I_Acknowledgements.pdfAppendix I_Acknowledgements9/4/2015 3:59 PM2743 KB

Previous 2003 and 2008 Statewide Transportation Plans

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.

2015 Statewide Transportation Plan Update

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 Status

The Plan Update team has completed the existing conditions analysis, needs assessment, and financial analysis for the statewide transportation plan and is drafting the final plan. The eight Advisory Councils have met three times and submitted their recommendations and prioritized megaprojects to the Policy Committee for their approval. The Policy Committee met in March and April 2014 and plan to meet again in May 2014. The Plan is to be completed and available for public review in late-Summer 2014.

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. The public involvement activities held to date are summarized below.

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.

Round Two Advisory Council Meetings – Each of the eight Advisory Councils met during the period October 1-2, 2013 to learn about the status of the Plan update; review previous issues and discuss newly proposed issues regarding each mode; and discuss policy recommendations. More information about these meetings is available at Round Two Advisory Council Meetings.

Round Three Advisory Council Meetings – Each of the eight Advisory Councils met during the period January 22-23, 2014 to learn about the status of the Plan, discuss revenue scenarios, review and finalize the policy recommendations, and discuss Plan implementation. More information about these meetings is available at Round Three Advisory Council Meetings.

Executive AC Workshop – The Executive Advisory Council met on March 11, 2014 to finalize the recommendations, megaprojects and DOTD budget for Policy Committee review. More information about this workshop is available at Executive AC Workshop.

Policy Committee Meetings – The Policy Committee serves as the final decision-making body for the update of the Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan. More information about these meetings is available at Policy Committee Meetings.

Interim Plan Documents

As Plan documents are prepared they will be posted here for review. To date, these include:

Plan Overview
Public Involvement Plan


 Legislative Questionnaire Summary
 Public Telephone Survey Summary

Visioning Workshop

 Visioning Workshop Presentation
 Visioning Workshop Summary

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