Rural road conditions in Louisiana are the 17th poorest in the nation and the state has the ninth most structurally deficient rural bridges, according to a report issued Tuesday.
In addition, traffic fatalities on non-interstate, rural roads are the 12th highest in the U.S., the review says.
The study was released by the national transportation research group TRIP, which often criticizes state transportation conditions.
In April another organization, the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, gave state roads a D and bridges a D-plus in its assessment of infrastructure.
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The TRIP study focused on the condition of rural roads and bridges nationally.
The report says 18 percent of rural roads in Louisiana are in poor condition and 15 percent of its rural bridges are structurally deficient.
Traffic fatalities on rural roads total 2.46 per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, which is double the fatality rate on other roads in the state.
In a statement that accompanied the release, the president of the Louisiana Good Roads and Transportation Association noted the Legislature opted not to boost state aid for roads and bridges in the 2017 regular legislative session, which ended June 8.
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"It's no coincidence that Louisiana is near the top of the list of deficient roads and bridges in the country and near the bottom of the list in state transportation investment," said Kenneth Perret, head of the association and a former top official of the state Department of Transportation and Development.
"Until the Louisiana Legislature does its job and adequately funds transportation, these types of reports will only get worse," Perret said.
A bid to raise the state gas tax by up to 17 cents per gallon, which would raise $510 million per year, died in the state House amid a lack of support.