Jindal announces proposal
CHATHAM — Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a legislative proposal Monday to bond out half of the State Highway Improvement Fund, which will generate $325 million to repair nearly 1,000 miles of roads across Louisiana, in nearly every parish.
The State Highway Improvement Fund was created exclusively to fund state roads classified as non-federal aid routes that are not eligible for federal funding. Non-federal aid routes are made up of mostly rural roads. Unlike major roadways, non-federal aid routes are not eligible for matching funds from the federal government, which means there is less money available to fund projects for rural roads throughout the state.