State of Our Roads & Bridges

3,181 miles of Louisiana’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from New Orleans to Stowe, Vermont and back— are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Louisiana motorist $464 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

1,838 bridges in Louisiana are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 4.7 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 82 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Louisiana. Over 1,500 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Louisiana spent $949 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.