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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 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $7,792,300 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
 
$779,230 of the funding is provided through the CARES Act, and the remaining portion consists of entitlement and discretionary allocations. The grant will support the reconstruction of the airport apron.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

May 13, 2020 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter to President Trump and congressional appropriators today, urging them to prioritize Southwest Louisiana’s infrastructure needs and funding for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge.
 
Though further action is required from the State, including the preferred alternative, finalized EIS, and a funding application, Congressman Higgins is taking action to ensure the I-10 Bridge remains at the forefront of any upcoming federal infrastructure package.
 

April 14, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that 3rd District airports will receive over $21.2 million in supplemental Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

February 21, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) shared today preliminary findings from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District’s Hydrological & Hydraulic (H&H) analysis on the Vermilion River. The modeling results show that dredging the river would provide minimal flood risk reduction and cost between $100-150 million. 

February 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that South Louisiana waterway projects received significant funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2020 Work Plan.

For Operation & Maintenance, projects in Louisiana’s 3rd District were awarded:

February 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced more than $46 million in funding for the Calcasieu River & Pass project in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' FY 2020 Work Plan.
 
The Operation & Maintenance (O&M) budget awards $27,400,000 for commonly performed maintenance work, which includes $15,500,000 for dredging. The O&M budget also awards $1,096,425 to the Port of Lake Charles. The Construction budget provides $18,000,000 to construct spoil disposal sites.
 

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lafayette Regional Airport will receive an additional $5.5 million in supplemental funding from the U.S. Department of Transporation as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The grant will support the ongoing construction of the new terminal.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

October 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) recently introduced the bipartisan Fixing America’s Bridges Act, which reestablishes a federal funding program to help repair and replace structurally deficient bridges across the United States.
 

September 30, 2019 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced today that Chennault International Airport will receive $202,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will help reconstruct 750 feet of the existing taxiway pavement.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced that the West Calcasieu Port in Sulphur, LA will receive a $4.2 million grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to make the facility and the regional economy more resilient to natural disasters. The grant will be matched with $1.1 million in local investment and is expected to help create 400 jobs.