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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

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that FEMA will award $2,645,011 to Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) for flood mitigation efforts. The hazard mitigation grant will be used to finance the elevation or purchase of 13 flood-prone and severe repetitive loss properties.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

September 10, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) will receive a $10 million BUILD grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the University Avenue Corridor Project.
 

August 31, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $9,421,816 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding and CARES Act assistance. The grant will help finance reconstruction of the airport apron. 
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

August 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Freshwater Bayou Canal Shoreline Protection Project will receive $508,037 in funding from the Department of Treasury's Office of Gulf Coast Restoration.
 

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the House unanimously passed H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Program.

July 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) amendment expediting access to viable dredge fill sites for the Calcasieu River & Pass project was added to the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) during a House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee markup today. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the full bill later this month.

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.