Gov. Edwards issued a new executive order to increase the opportunity minorities, women and veteran-owned businesses have to access Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funded projects.
Executive Order#2022-19 will also help small and disadvantaged businesses as well as local and tribal governments, nonprofits and various other community organizations. Louisiana has already profited from BIL by being the first state to receive broadband expansion funding from the legislation.
“This legislation is enabling us to make the transformative infrastructure investments that have been long overdue in our state,” Gov. Edwards said in a press release.
Finances from the law will also go to support roadways, waterways, bridges and local infrastructure.
The Governor said,”BIL funding will also provide $270 million to local governments to repair locally-owned bridges. And BIL dollars for water infrastructure will complement Louisiana’s ongoing effort to use federal American Rescue Plan dollars to improve rural water systems. These are just a few of many, many crucial infrastructure projects in Louisiana that will receive BIL funding.”
According to DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, finances from the law will also go to “much-needed projects” throughout the state that have previously faced monetary issues.