Highway 1: State makes play for federal dollars to renovate Lafourche Parish road

Seeks matching dollars

Associated Press
February 01, 2020 - 11:31 am
State makes pitch for federal road money


(AP) -- Louisiana is making a pitch for millions in federal financing it hopes will help elevate a state highway leading to a critical national oil and gas hub. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and state lawmakers pledged $150 million in oil spill recovery money for improvements to LA Highway 1 in Lafourche Parish heading to Port Fourchon. 

Louisiana's leaders want the federal government to match that with another $150 million. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise says he met with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to talk of the state's request. 

Chao's department is overseeing a $900 million infrastructure grant program that Louisiana has targeted to provide the $150 million in federal financing. 
Grant awards are expected to be announced by summer.


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