Scalise Meets with Governor Edwards, Trump Administration Officials on LA Highway 1
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after he hosted a meeting on Friday with Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana officials, and top Trump Administration officials regarding federal funding for elevating LA Highway 1:
“I was happy to host a meeting today at the Capitol with federal and state officials to push for federal funding of the LA 1 project. We had a very productive meeting with U.S. Department of Transportation officials, Governor Edwards, and Louisiana’s Senate President and House Speaker to highlight the national importance of LA 1 in advance of Louisiana’s application for the federal INFRA grant. I am committed to supporting Louisiana’s application through the entire process, and will continue to discuss the national significance of elevating LA Highway 1 directly with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.”
Scalise was 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.
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.
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.