The TIMED (Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development) Program is the single largest transportation program in state history. The TIMED Program was created by Act 16 of the 1989 Louisiana Legislature and was voted for by the people. The $4.7 billion improvement program includes widening 536 miles of state highways to four lanes on 11 project corridors, widening and/or new construction on three major bridges and improvements to both the Port of New Orleans and Louis Armstrong International Airport. The Program is designed to enhance economic development in Louisiana through an investment in transportation projects.
In 2002, the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development accelerated the TIMED Program. LA DOTD hired a consultant to assist with the management of the Program and decided to bond out the remainder of the Program, with the first bond sale of $275 million occurring in August 2002. The TIMED Program is now scheduled to be completed many years earlier than the 2002 estimate of a 2031 completion.