U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that South Louisiana will receive $9.4 million in federal transportation grants. Together, the 12 grants from the Federal Highway Administration will fund repairs, new construction, future planning studies and upgrades to South Louisiana's varied transportation infrastructure.
More than $3.3 million will fund repairs along 10 miles of I-10 from the Lafayette Parish line to the Atchafalaya Floodway Bridge in St. Martin Parish. In Iberville, Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes, $2.7 million will go toward upgrading and fixing ferry vessels and terminals. Another $1.4 million will be used to design and construct the North Boulevard Promenade, the central section of the Baton Rouge Greenway.
"These funds could not have come at a more crucial time. Louisiana's infrastructure-from its roads and bridges to ports and levees-is literally crumbling and falling apart," Sen. Landrieu said. "Repairing South Louisiana's transportation network will create jobs, keep commerce flowing and strengthen this critical infrastructure that supports vital offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico."
Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a detailed report card on Louisiana's transportation system. In the report, no section of Louisiana's infrastructure received a grade higher than C, and the report found that its overall infrastructure is either "marginally performing" or "crumbling."
The grants announced today include:
* $3.3 million for repairs along 10 miles of I-10 from the Lafayette Parish line to the Atchafalaya Floodway Bridge in St. Martin Parish.
* $1.1 million to Baton Rouge's Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program (TCSP) to construct the North Boulevard Promenade, the central section of the Baton Rouge Greenway. The funds will also provide a continuous pedestrian and bicycle corridor that will link the adjacent neighborhoods.
* $930,535 to repave Louisiana Route 10 between Louisiana Route 43 to Louisiana Route 441 in Greensburg, La.
* $900,000 for work zone traffic management on US 90 Business in New Orleans.
* $345,600 for the Creole Nature Trail, a National Scenic Byway in Southwest Louisiana, for a bike trail feasibility and planning study.
* $69,100 to prepare a corridor management plan for the Flyway Byway, a National Scenic Byway between Lake Charles and Lafayette.
Ferry boat infrastructure
* $965,000 to repower main engines, replace propellers and replace tail shafts to improve fuel efficiency and emissions reduction in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.
* $965,000 to replace 30-year-old engines with new, Tier II engines and drive systems in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.
* $400,000 for replacement of hydraulic ramps with rolling gates on four vessels in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. The project will improve compatibility between ferry vessels and terminals within the system.
* $260,000 to convert the mooring systems from manual operation to electronic controls at both landings in Iberville Parish.
* $158,000 for security cameras, automated vehicle and passenger counting upgrades, software improvements, and climate control systems improvements at six terminals in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.