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.