May 18, 2022

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Louisiana House Appropriations committee diverts new bridge funds

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Funding for a new Mississippi River Bridge hit a pothole Monday when the House Appropriations committee voted against the recommendation Gov. John Bel Edwards issued in January. 

The Radial Fund would revitalize infrastructure across Louisiana, but it would immediately siphon $100 million from the $500 million for the bridge project. The remaining $400 million could go to other projects across the state.

“It’s a catchy name, but I don’t want the new bridge to be like a spare tire,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said.

That fund would funnel $400 million into a construction trust fund and $100 million into a preservation trust fund.

“Right off the bat, that $500 million by definition is reduced to $400 million,” Dardenne said. “We didn’t want this money for a preservation project … we’re interested in a new construction project.”