Bilingual Directional Signs on Streets and Highways in State Highway System
WHEREAS, the Louisiana French language has a long and deep history in the State of Louisiana;
WHEREAS, the parishes of the Acadiana region have large Louisiana French speaking populations;
WHEREAS, pursuant to R.S. 32:235, the Department of Transportation and Development provides for and maintains a uniform system of traffic control devices for use upon highways in this state in accordance with the system then current as approved by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration;
WHEREAS, the current system as approved by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration does not allow the uniform system of traffic control devices to include signs that express a language other than English;
WHEREAS, R.S. 25:651 provides for the creation of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana and provides further that it “oversee the development and expansion of the state's economic development and tourism activities designed to promote our French culture, heritage, and language”;
WHEREAS, there is a local interest in collaborating with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana and the Department of Transportation and Development on the promulgation of highway signs that include both English and Louisiana French;
WHEREAS, R.S. 32:238 allows for the governing authority of any parish, municipality, or school board to request the Department of Transportation to place directional signs on streets and highways within the state highway system, provided the signing requested is paid for in advance, sign cost only, by the requestor or public body making such request;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bobby Jindal, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Department of Transportation and Development shall submit to the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, a supplement to the manual for a uniform system of traffic control devices in order to permit parish, municipal, or school board governing authorities to request directional signs in both English and Louisiana French for streets or highways within their territorial jurisdictions that are in the state highway system, provided that the local authority making such request pays for the full cost of the directional sign in advance.
SECTION 2: Nothing in this Order shall be construed to allow any parish, municipal, or school board governing authority to place such directional signs on streets or highways in the state highway system without strict compliance with R.S. 32:238 and/or prior approval from the Department of Transportation and Development.
SECTION 3: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect, unless amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 21st day of June, 2013.
Secretary of State