Louisiana Construction Progress Defies Budget Constraints

July 18, 2014

The July 2014 Issue of Construction Headline News features articles about construction expansion, fiscal budgeting, and new building that is taking place down south in The Pelican State—Louisiana. In preparing the upcoming fiscal year’s state construction budget, the Louisiana legislature unsparingly added to the list of projects they hoped would be funded. Unfortunately, according to The Advocate, The Pelican State can’t afford the abundant inventory of projects, and Governor Bobby Jindal must select a smaller list of projects—projects that he feels will benefit the state the most.

Although there are many anticipated projects vying for funds, such as a mold-free fire station, senior citizen center, and cattle vaccine laboratory, major expansion and new construction projects are already underway. For example, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has planned a major overhaul to its campus, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation is moving forward with the completion of I-49 South while also upgrading U.S. 90 and La. 318.

Officials at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans have elected to continue with the process of building a $546 million terminal that is slated to be complete by March 2018. Additionally, the Terrebonne Parish area has also begun construction on an $18 million mixed-income housing complex that is specifically designed for those who earn less than 80% of the area’s median income.

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