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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 Louisiana's 3rd District.  

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 the 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

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Eunice Airport and Southland Field in Sulphur, LA will receive over $1.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for infrastructure improvements.

  • Eunice Airport will receive $570,000 to fill joints and perform sealing work on 5,000 feet of the existing runway surface.
  • Southland Field will receive $1,089,200 to expand the airport apron to 9,000 square yards.

 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

April 26, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today Conrad Shipyard and Bollinger Marine Fabricators will receive over $1.5 million for equipment and infrastructure upgrades at their facilities in Amelia, LA. The funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program.
 

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LADOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson announced today that the State is investing $29.4 million toward the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge project and $50 million toward the I-49 Connector project. The funding comes as part of $216 million in COVID economic relief provided through the Federal Highway Administration.

April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) led a Louisiana congressional delegation letter today to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urging him to approve the State’s application for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to replace the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge.
 
U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Julia Letlow (R-LA) all signed onto the letter.
 

April 1, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for construction work on the new terminal project. The grant will finance the project’s sixth phase, which consists of electrical and interior work.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

April 1, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Le Gros Memorial Airport in Crowley and Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport in Patterson will receive over $206,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for infrastructure upgrades.

March 30, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter today urging Governor Edwards to utilize federal funding from the latest COVID-19 package to address Louisiana's infrastructure backlog. The recent budget reconciliation package provides Louisiana with over $5 billion in federal funding and broad discretion on how funds can be spent.
 

March 29, 2021 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Chennault International Airport will receive over $3.438 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The funding will be used to finance reconstruction work on the taxiway and rehabilitation of taxiway lighting.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

March 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that six 3rd District airports will receive over $3.4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that FEMA will award $22.17 million for flood mitigation and Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, and Vermilion parishes.
 
The grants include: