Scalise Announces Meeting on LA Highway 1
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today announced that he will host a meeting on Friday regarding federal funding for elevating LA Highway 1. In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program, which will make available more than $900 million for American infrastructure investments.
“Elevating LA 1 is vitally important to achieving American energy dominance, and is a top priority of mine. In anticipation of Louisiana’s application for the federal INFRA grant, I am pleased to host a meeting in Washington with top Trump Administration officials and Governor Edwards to highlight the importance of the LA 1 project at the federal level. In addition to being a main hurricane evacuation route for over 35,000 Louisianans, LA 1 provides sole access to Port Fourchon and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), providing critical support to Louisiana’s offshore energy industry and the nation’s access to America’s oil and natural gas supply,” said Whip Scalise.
Scalise will be joined by Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana State Senate President Page Cortez, Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, LA 1 Coalition Director Henri Boulet, Port Fourchon Executive Director Chett Chiasson, and federal Department of Transportation officials.
To read the INFRA grant announcement by the U.S. DOT, please click here.
The LA 1 Improvement project includes four phases to elevate and improve highway infrastructure from U.S. Highway 90 at Mathews, La. to Port Fourchon/Grand Isle. The state will be seeking federal funding to build 8.3 miles of elevated highway from Golden Meadow to Leeville, LA.