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Highways & Infrastructure (2004)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2004-11-17

Duration: 00:55:44

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Transportation | Highways | ROADS | Louisiana. Department of Transportation and Development | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Bradberry, Johnny B. (Johnny Bruce), 1949-


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Grant, Cedric Interviewee
  • Bradberry, Johnny Interviewee
  • Maestri, Walter Interviewee
  • Grace, John Speaker
  • Allain, Justin Speaker
  • Brolin, Jim Speaker
  • Schwartzberg, Harvey Speaker
  • Dow, Debra Speaker
  • Dixon, Tara Speaker
  • Conerly, Kathy Speaker
  • Harris, Richard Speaker
  • Hutchinson, Pam Speaker
  • Wilfong, Scott Speaker
  • Forbes, Martha Speaker
  • Johnson, Jeffrey Speaker
  • Okpalobi, Steve Speaker
  • Cornwall, Bill Speaker
  • Bailey, Toni Speaker
  • LaRock, Paul Speaker
  • Davis, Mary Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Panelist
  • Bradberry, Johnny Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 17, 2004, features Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s aging highways and infrastructure. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Cedric Grant, the deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD); Secretary Johnny Bradberry of DOTD; and Walter Maestri, the director of emergency management in Jefferson Parish. The audience members then discuss whether the state should fix existing roads or build new highways for economic development, as well as the possibility of improving mass transit systems. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are Governor Kathleen Blanco and DOTD Secretary Johnny Bradberry. They discuss: the timelines for road construction projects; the state’s hurricane evacuation plan; the bidding process for road projects; extending Interstate 49; reforming DOTD; and the possibility of building a loop in the Baton Rouge area. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe