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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

August 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and nearly 40 Republican colleagues delivered a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) calling out the Biden administration’s plan to defund projects related to fossil fuels.
 

August 20, 2021 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lake Charles Regional Airport will receive $2.25 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will be used to perform rehabilitation work on the runway.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
 

August 12, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) delivered a letter today to mayors, parish presidents, and police juries across Louisiana’s 3rd District informing of federal grant opportunities to help with disaster mitigation and community resiliency.
 

July 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) introduced and passed legislation that includes his request for the University Avenue Corridor project in Lafayette.
 
If enacted, the bill would provide $5 million to the Department of Transportation’s local transportation priorities account for construction on the University Avenue Corridor project.
 

July 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies introduced and passed legislation that includes his funding requests for the Southwest Coastal Louisiana hurricane protection project and the Port of Iberia.
 
If enacted, the bill would provide:

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the House-passed surface transportation bill includes his member-designated project funding requests for the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge and the I-49 Lafayette Connector. 
 
Under the current legislative text, each project would receive $10 million. This would be the first direct federal funding for either project.
 

 

June 4, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) delivered a letter to mayors, parish presidents, and police juries across Louisiana’s 3rd District informing of federal grant opportunities that are available to address flood and disaster mitigation.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 22 Civil Works Budget includes $50 million for spot dredging of the Vermilion River. The announcement of federal funding for this project follows the Lafayette City Council’s recent approval of $5 million in local funding to remove obstructions from the Vermilion River.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

May 24, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that FEMA will award two grants totaling $6,219,955 for flood mitigation efforts in Lafayette Parish. 
 
The hazard mitigation grants include:

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: