Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is assuring the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana that if he’s governor he’ll block use of coastal restoration dollars for road work.

“I do not support Governor (Bobby) Jindal’s attempt to use ‘surplus’ coastal dollars to constructing the next phase of elevating La. Highway 1.,” Dardenne wrote the coalition’s executive director Kimberly Davis Reyher.

“If I am elected governor, I commit to reversing this policy should it pass at the upcoming Oct. 21 meeting (of the Coastal Restoration Protection Authority) or any subsequent meeting,” Dardenne continued.

Dardenne said he wants all coastal dollars, including those from the BP oil spill disaster settlement, going to implementation of the coastal Master Plan.

Dardenne called Jindal’s idea an “ill-conceived diversion of funds.”

“We need to divert the flow of the Mississippi but, we should not divert funds away from restoration. Even if such diversion is legal, it is not the right thing to do,” Dardenne concluded.