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July 16, 2015

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Governor Approves $12.5 Million in Capital Outlay for Phase 2 of LA 1 Project
 

Construction bids for the the next segment of the LA 1 Improvement Project  (highlighted in red in the map below) should be received in February 2016. This summer, the Louisiana Legislator and Governor Bobby Jindal approved moving $12.5 million for Phase 2 Segment C into Priority 1 of the state's capital outlay budget.   A final formality for these state funds lies with the state Bond Commission, which is tentatively scheduled to consider approval of the financing at their meeting today.

The Phase 2 Segment C project is estimated to cost $46.6 million, $40 million of which has been committed by the State, and $6.6 committed by private donors. With this $12.5 million in Priority 1, and another $27.5 million in capital outlay Priority 5, construction should begin in spring of 2016 and be completed in mid-2018.

Phase 2 of the LA 1 Improvement Project includes 8.3 miles of two-lane elevated highway from Golden Meadow to Leeville. Due to the complexity of this phase, it has been broken up into three segments.

Segment C (highlighted in red above), which is now poised for construction, will be the on-ramp to the new highway from the north and will provide the access needed to construct Segment B (highlighted in yellow) - the central segment of the elevated highway.   Segment C will intersect Hwy. 3235 in Golden Meadow and continue southward as an elevated highway, clearing the South Lafourche Levee System at an elevation of 22 feet, and then intersecting with the yet-to-be constructed Segment B. The higher elevation is needed to clear potential future levee lifts. The highway's crossing of the levee itself will be supported by a T-Wall constructed in the levee, of which design is under final review by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

OTHER PROJECT NEWS:

•   Preliminary design of Phase 2 Segment A (highlighted in green above), the southernmost section of Phase 2 connecting the Leeville overpass to the proposed elevated highway (Segment B), is nearing completion.  LA 1 Coalition is working with local legislators on the possibility of securing capital outlay funds for construction in next year's legislative session.
Settlement's Impact on LA 1 Uncertain for Now
 
On July 2, 2015, the Gulf Coast State Attorney Generals announced a $18.7 billion settlement between their states and BP for the Deepwater Horizon accident and subsequent spill.  The announcement relayed an agreement that will take 60 days to finalize and ultimately be approved by Judge Barbier.  As part of the settlement, BP will pay the following:
  • $5.5 billion under the Clean Water Act – 80% to be distributed via the RESTORE Act ( $1.3 – 2 billion estimated for LA)
  • $7.1 billion via the National Resource Damage Assessment process ($5 billion estimated for LA)
  • $4.9 billion to settle economic claims ($1 billion estimated for LA)
  • $1 billion to settle local government claims.
Many details remain unresolved with both the specifics/distribution of both the settlement and the RESTORE Act.  Funding anticipated to come to Louisiana ranges between $6.8 - $10 billion. The uncertainty also extends to how this development could impact potential funding for LA 1. 

While the settlement is a terrific development for Louisiana and the focus on NRDA ensures we will receive more funding than any other Gulf Coast state, less funding to RESTORE could limit the State's flexibility.  The LA 1 Coalition will continue to monitor this process.
 

 
Coastal Vision Foundation Raises Money for LA 1 Coalition
 

The LA 1 Coalition recently received a $20,000 donation from the Coastal Vision Foundation as a result of a successful fundraiser the foundation held in Houston during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) this past May.

Two LA 1 Coalition member companies, United Vision Logistics and Crosby Tugs, sponsored the fundraiser in addition to four other sponsors –– Compass Trading, Energy Completion Services, Petrologix and QTEC.
 


Pictured above at the check presentation are, from left, Patrick English (Shell), Tony Bernard (Artist), Bobby Donnes (Petrologix), Loulan Pitre (Kelly Hart & Pitre), Henri Boulet (LA 1 Coalition), Ted Falgout (TMF Associates), Ronnie Murphy (United Vision Logistics), Kurt Crosby (Crosby Tugs), Cory Kief (Crosby Tugs) and Rusty Guilbeau (United Vision Logistics).

In addition, the foundation will soon have signed and framed prints of artwork commemorating the "Gateway to Energy" fundraiser by talented Lafayette artist Tony Bernard available for LA 1 supporters. Stay tuned for events in Houston and/or New Orleans for a showing!

A color photo of the artwork which captures so many integral aspects of South Louisiana’s unique culture, including the historical green LA 1 road sign, is below.


Falgout Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award


LA 1 Coalition Chairman Ted Falgout received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the America's Wetland Foundation at a June 1 ceremony in Baton Rouge. The award recognizes Ted for the many years he has worked on coastal issues as well as the LA 1 project.   Congratulations to our friend and Chairman for this latest honor!
 

Spreading the Word About the LA 1 Project

•  LA 1 Coalition Executive Director Henri Boulet participated in an Energy Roundtable discussion with East Coast congressmen who visited Port Fourchon this spring. The congressmen wanted to learn more about the value of offshore energy development.

In April, the Coalition was pleased to work with Lafourche Parish, Shell, Restore or Retreat, and Entergy on the construction of a floating barrier island project along LA 1 south of Port Fourchon.

As a lead-up to the 2015 Louisiana legislative session, Boulet met with the Secretary of DOTD, Commissioner of Administration, and the Governor's Policy Advisor on Transportation to update them on the LA 1 project and current needs.  He also participated in a luncheon with local legislators hosted by South Central Industrial Association.

Boulet contributed to the LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's levee consortium position paper, highlighting the need for coastal infrastructure investments to coincide with coastal restoration efforts.

Boulet visited with all four major Louisiana gubernatorial candidates at the Gubernatorial Forum on Infrastructure held in January.   All candidates committed to greater funding for infrastructure in general, and all understand how critical it is to our state and national economies to have a functioning LA Highway 1.

Boulet presented public comment to EPA on behalf of SCIA industrial members opposing proposed new ozone regulations. The public hearing was held while Boulet was in Washington DC in January for meetings on the LA 1 Project.

Also in January, Boulet supported LA DOTD in a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to gain the Corps' approval on the T-wall design and permit for Phase 2 Segment C of the LA 1 Project.

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About the Coalition

The LA 1 Coalition is organized for coordinating, providing, and disseminating public information in relation to improving the highway system between Grand Isle and U.S. Highway 90.  
The LA 1 Coalition is a 501(c)(4) organization.   Donations are not tax deductible. 
The LA 1 Coalition is located within the offices of the South Louisiana Economic Council on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA.   Executive Director is Henri Boulet.

Website:     www.LA1Coalition.org

Phone:         (985) 448-4485

Email:         Henri@LA1Coalition.org

Address:    P.O. Box 2048-NSU, Thibodaux, LA 70310
 
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