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LUTCHER — Funding for the West Shore Levee Project is locked down and no longer vulnerable to reallocation.
That development became official last week when River Region leaders convened with state and federal interests to sign a partnering agreement.
When reports of unobligated Corps of Engineer funds potentially being diverted to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall project circulated in January, it signaled a need to lock down West Shore levee commitments, according to U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves (R-Baton Rouge).
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Garret Graves’ (South Louisiana) bipartisan bill to revive the National Scenic Byways Program earned passage in the United States House of Representatives today. H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, ensures that there is a process once again for States, tribes, and Federal land management agencies to request National Scenic Byways designations for roads that meet the scenic byways criteria.
Louisiana lawmakers say a newly passed water-projects bill, while providing no money directly, could help speed the state’s efforts to fight flooding and coastal erosion.
The U.S. Senate voted 99-1 today to approve America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which the House passed unanimously last month. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law within the next few days.
WASHINGTON, DC – Landmark legislation produced under the leadership of House Water Resources Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) to reform the U.S. Corps of Engineers will be signed into law this week.
Progress on the elevated highway to Port Fourchon continues as the LA 1 Coalition continues to look for money for the next phase.
Construction is underway to widen the curve on the Leeville Bridge and add a short extension for the planned elevated highway to Golden Meadow, LA 1 Coalition Executive Director Henri Boulet told the Lafourche Parish Council last week.
“We’re working very hard on closing the gap,” he said.
The next phase, elevating 8.3 miles of roadway to Golden Meadow, is expected to cost $340 million.
Baton Rouge, LA – Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is awarding $80,699,190 in new federal funding to Louisiana to advance many projects statewide.
The important I-10 Interchange at Pecue Lane is among those projects. With clearing and grubbing mostly completed, these new funds will provide for bridge construction and additional right-of-way acquisition to help move the project forward more quickly.
BATON ROUGE -- Allocation of more than $80 million in federal funds could send several improvement projects statewide to the express route.
The Federal Highway Administration awarded $80,699,190 in new federal funding to Louisiana to advance major roadwork across the state.
The Interstate 10 interchange at Pecue Lane on the south end of Baton Rouge is included in the project list.
Louisiana is getting $80 million in federal highway funds from other states that failed to use the dollars, including about $16 million to help build an interchange at Pecue Lane in Baton Rouge, officials said Thursday.
However, the state would have provided nearly double that amount — about $30 million — for the Pecue project if the work was further along, according to officials familiar with the issue.
That development is significant because 2018 may be the last year the state gets unused federal highway money from other states because of a lack of matching funds here.