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Infrastructure

"The economic success of Louisiana and our nation is reliant on a robust and safe system of infrastructure, which is why maintaining and upgrading our roads, bridges, rail and waterways is one of my highest priorities in Congress."

The United States infrastructure has received an overall rating of a D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nowhere are these deficiencies more prevalent than in the 3rd district of Louisiana.  

Southwest Louisiana is expected to receive nearly $120 billion in private endeavor funding for new and expanded industrial operations. This is the largest investment surge of its kind in the United States and world. However, these critical investments will be jeopardized without significant federal and state support.

In my district, the best example of our infrastructure needs is the dredging of the Calcasieu Channel (CC). The Lake Charles Port is completely reliant on the CC for access to the Gulf, and many new projects and endeavors are reliant on the Port to be financially successful. For years, the Army Corps of Engineers has failed to properly dredge the channel to the required dimensions of 400 feet wide and 40 feet deep. Annual maintenance of the CC is estimated to cost $40 million, which is a modest investment of tax dollars considering the $400 million in tax revenue that the Port sends to D.C. each year.

In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that every dollar invested in infrastructure results in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth anywhere between $1 and $2.50.  It is time to upgrade our state’s infrastructure and promote positive economic growth that with benefit businesses, communities, and families.

 

 

More on Infrastructure

June 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration will award funding to the Eunice Airport and the Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport in Patterson, LA.

The Eunice Airport will receive a $450,000 grant to reconstruct and repair 8,700 square yards of the south apron pavement. The Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport will receive a $513,162 grant to reconstruct 19,600 feet of existing perimeter fencing.
 
Congressman Higgins released the following statement:

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump today thanking him for his commitment to building a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. The letter notes the economic benefits of LNG projects in Southwest Louisiana and stresses the need for strategic infrastructure investments.
 

May 13, 2019 Editorial

    Louisiana will soon welcome President Donald Trump for a visit to Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility. With over $100 billion in announced energy projects and $65 billion in projects already underway, Southwest Louisiana has a story worth sharing.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $10,526,064 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The grant will be used to finance taxiway improvements.
 

April 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S.

November 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after it announced an additional $3.025 million in funding for the Port of Morgan City. The funds will be used to dredge the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black. 

November 9, 2018 In The News

It's no secret there have been some issues for folks trying to board early morning flights at Lafayette Regional Airport lately. Those not making their flights despite arriving hours early have vented their frustrations on social media.

The issue, which seemed to arrive overnight, is an unintended consequence of a change in an airline flight schedule, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Lafayette's terminal-to-be.

November 8, 2018 In The News

Lafayette Regional Airport is moving forward with plans for an expansion.

Thursday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new terminal with a greater sense of why it’s so important.

The groundbreaking of the new Lafayette terminal brings excitement for economic growth.

November 8, 2018 In The News

Folks "flying Lafayette" could be going through a brand-new, 120,000-square foot terminal in just two years.

Construction on the more than $80 million project is estimated to be complete in 24 months or just after, Lafayette Regional Airport Executive Director Steven Picou said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony. 

The new structure will replace the existing terminal, which opened Nov. 29, 1930.

September 27, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Consolidated Government will receive $1,250,000 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hazard mitigation grant will finance the acquisition of eight residential properties that have suffered repetitive flood losses. This is part of flood mitigation efforts designed to prevent future losses and save taxpayer money.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement: