Gov. Blanco in SWLA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Gov. Blanco in SWLA

September 18, 2006

Reported by KPLC Staff

Governor Kathleen Blanco kicked off a 16-city, two-week tour today in DeRidder as part of the Louisiana TIMED Program. Blanco highlighted improved evacuation routes, enhanced transportation corridors and economic development as a result of local road expansion. The four-laning of US 171 is one of the main projects in progress with the TIMED Program.  

Blanco said, "No way am I going to allow a couple of two twisted sisters like Katrina and Rita to stop the clock on the TIMED Program. No way am I going to let them stand in the way of our progress."

The TIMED Program is the single largest transportation program in state history. It is a $4.7 billion program that includes widening over 500 miles of state highways.

For more information on the TIMED tour, go to www.timedla.com.

Blanco was also at Sowela Technical Institute just after noon, where the Rita Report commissioned by the Louisiana Recovery Authority was unveiled.  Blanco took the opportunity to urge voters to approve the first four constitutional amendments on the September 30th ballot.  She says a "yes" vote will help secure federal dollars for coastal restoration and hurricane protection.

Blanco said, "As I recruited members of congress to vote for this bill, to give us the revenue stream, I told them that I would be asking the people of Louisiana to vote to commit that money to those two areas."  Blanco points out early voting started today, so people who will be busy on September 30th can vote ahead of time at their parish Registar of Voters Office.

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