Money is tight in Louisiana.
The i-49 ICC isn't Louisiana's Top Transportation priority
According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), the I-49 ICC is very far from being funded.
LaDOTD prioritizes certain unfunded 'megaprojects', as outlined in the 2015 Statewide Transportation Plan. This document (see page 5) places the I-49 ICC as a Priority B Megaproject, behind at least 20 other megaprojects including two in Shreveport.
I-49 North, Northwest Louisiana's current megaproject, was ranked very highly as the first Priority A Megaproject on the 2003 Statewide Transportation Plan (see page 23). The I-49 ICC is not in the same position.
Currently, LADOTD would have to complete $4.8 billion in priority A megaprojects before any priority b megaprojects would be considered
Local money is also tight
Shreveport isn't that different from many other similarly sized cities. Across the nation, roadway, water, and wastewater infrastructure costs are increasing and there isn't enough money to go around. ASCE, the national coalition for civil engineers, calls this the Grand Challenge. In other words, we need to be more strategic with our infrastructure investments.
Our infrastructure investments on the ever-expanding city limits haven't paid off
Shreveport is left with a deficit of infrastructure funding, which has surfaced in the form of the recent EPA Consent Decree. Currently, our city has a $1.5 billion dollars in maintenance backlogs. That is $7,500 per Shreveport resident.
We can't stay on this path. We can't keep looking to the next development on the edge of town, made cheaper by (interstate) freeway access, to provide growth in Shreveport.
It isn't sustainable.