|Follow Louisiana’s bridge,
road improvements online
To keep updated on Louisiana’s largest transportation improvement program ever, take a ride on the Information Superhighway.
Louisiana is in the midst of a massive $4.7 billion initiative, called the TIMED Program, that includes 16 transportation projects ranging from bridge building to highway widening. With so many projects underway, the state has launched a number of Web sites and Internet blogs to keep residents and travelers updated on where construction is taking place.
The TIMED Program, which stands for Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development, was created by legislation in 1989 and is funded by a dedicated four-cents-per-gallon gasoline and special fuels tax. The projects include four-laning 536 miles of state highways, widening and/or new construction on three major bridges and improvements to both the Port of New Orleans and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
To learn about all the projects, visit www.timedla.com. The program also maintains Web sites on the three bridge projects for those interested in more specific details about the widening of the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish (www.hueypbridge.com), the new construction of the John James Audubon Mississippi River Bridge just north of Baton Rouge (www.audubon bridge.com) and the new construction of the Florida Avenue Bridge at the Industrial Canal in New Orleans East (www.florida avebridge.com).
Visitors to the TIMED Web sites can find fact sheets on the projects, construction Web cams, a photo gallery, bridge animations and computer generated renderings, interactive maps, reports on traffic conditions and more. Visitors can also sign up to receive quarterly newsletters and updates.
The newest addition to the Web sites are blogs, or Web logs, which are Internet journals written in a conversational style. Readers are encouraged to post comments and questions to spur future entries.
“Blogs are a great tool for us to communicate with the public in a very casual, non-technical way and really help residents identify and understand our projects,” said Dana Newsome, TIMED communications director. “Blogs are posted at least once weekly on the TIMED program in general, the Huey P. Long Bridge widening and the new Audubon Bridge construction, and all blogs link from our Web site home pages.”
For details about the program, call the Public Outreach Office at 1-866-846-3352, or visit www.timedla.com.