1. R.S. 48:229, 230 states that each year “the Department shall provide theLegislature a program of construction to be commenced in the ensuing fiscalyear, which shall be based upon anticipated revenues to be appropriated bythe Legislature…” The Department shall also provide the Legislature a list ofprojects “which are in various stages of planning and preparation”.2. In compliance with this statute, the attached Highway Program identifies theprojects that are scheduled for construction letting in FY 2013-14. These aredenoted as being in Stage 4. Projects being developed in the other stages arealso included in the document.3. There are many projects remaining to be let prior to the end of the currentfiscal year, FY 2012-13. For informational purposes, these projects are alsolisted in this document. In the event any of these projects cannot be let asplanned, they will become part of the FY 2013-14 construction program, andwill be let as soon as practicable in that fiscal year.4. The one year construction program and the list of other projects in variousstages are combined into this document which is called the Highway PriorityProgram or Highway Program. These projects are also submitted to theFederal Highway Administration, and along with the Transit Program, arereferred to as the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). ThePublic Hearings held each year in each Highway District fulfill both the Stateand Federal requirements for public involvement regarding these programs.5. At this point in time, future funding levels are uncertain. DOTD has based thispreliminary Highway Program on previous allocations of funding. If fundingabove the expected amount is made available, funding may be used onprojects listed in Stages 0, 1, 2, or 3.6. In the event all of the projects listed for letting in FY 2013-14 cannot be let toconstruction due to funding issues or unforeseen problems encountered inthe pre-construction process, the affected project(s) will be let as soon aspracticable in the following year and other projects listed in Stages 0, 1, 2, or 3may be advanced into FY 2013-14.7. Construction estimates are for informational purposes only and are subject tochange.