"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
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter today urging Governor John Bel Edwards to address remaining state-level barriers before a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge project can become eligible for federal appropriations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to the Lafayette Airport Commission in Louisiana, to help construct and rehabilitate parking facilities at the Lafayette Regional Airport. The grant, to be matched with $3.38 million in local investment, is expected to help create 82 jobs.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $5,459,121.00 in funding from the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter urging Governor John Bel Edwards and LADOTD to prioritize replacement of the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge so that Southwest Louisiana can fully reap the economic benefits of rapid LNG and industrial expansion.
The letter requests Governor Edwards' help to “remedy the remaining state and local government issues that are delaying this important project.” This includes pending litigation and an environmental assessment that has been ongoing for nearly two decades.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Ile des Cannes flood control project in Scott, La. will receive $2,400,000 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The hazard mitigation grant will finance improvements to a 2,563-foot segment of the Coulee Ile des Cannes drainage channel. The proposed drainage improvements will increase flow capacity and flow velocities through the project area.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Chennault International, Lake Charles Regional, and Southland Field airports will receive over $1.4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the DeQuincy Industrial Airpark Airport will receive $150,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will be used to reconstruct 17,519 feet of existing perimeter fencing.
Congressman Higgins released the following statement: