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U.S. Transportation Secretary visits I-49 North in Caddo Parish

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visits newest section of I-49 North in Caddo Parish. (Photo source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS) U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visits newest section of I-49 North in Caddo Parish. (Photo source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS)
CADDO PARISH (KTBS) -

We could run out of money to fix and expand the nation's roads and highways by August or September.

That's why U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made a stop in Caddo Parish Thursday to visit the newest section of I-49 North, Segment K.

It's part of his "Invest in America, Commit to the Future" bus tour, aimed at sending a clear message: invest in our nation transportation infrastructure, or sacrifice economic growth.

The nation's Transportation Bill is set to expire, and the Highway Trust Fund is running out, leaving officials concerned that numerous infrastructure challenges will be coming down the pipeline that we simply won't be able to meet.

"We need to tell [Congress] what projects are not getting done, which ones do you need, which ones are going to be helpful going forward. It is in the process of sharing those stories that I believe a consensus will be built," Secretary Foxx said at a press conference Thursday.

"In Louisiana, the result of poor roads is costing drivers $408 a year... $408 a year... that's a tax," he added.

LA DOTD Secretary Sherri LaBas and Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, along with a host of other local officials, joined Foxx at this stop on his tour.

They all carried the same message - investing in infrastructure is an expensive endeavor, but allow our roads to crumble and failing to build new ones, will be much more costly in the long run.

This is the fourth stop of the week-long bus tour that will take Foxx through eight states, as he visits manufacturers, bridges, and highway projects.

The section of I-49 Foxx visited is a 36-mile-long project that the LA DOTD has spent eight years developing.

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