LA 1 Is Critical to this Nation’s Energy Security


LA Highway 1 in southern Lafourche Parish is America’s Access to Energy, supporting 18 percent of this nation’s total oil and gas supply. It is the only land route to Port Fourchon, the hub of Gulf of Mexico energy production, and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, which offloads supertankers and transmits oil by pipeline to refineries across America and faciliates the exportation of U.S. oil and gas.

Recognizing that the LA Hwy. 1 system is extremely significant to the nation's energy supply and to the billions of dollars generated in OCS revenues, the U.S. Congress named this critical energy infrastructure to the federal list of "High Priority Corridors" in 2001. This designation puts LA Hwy. 1 in an impressive class of only 84 such highways in the nation. Of these high priority corridors, LA 1 is the sole highway designated as such for its role as "critical energy infrastructure."

A U.S. DHS authored 2011 study titled, "Louisiana Highway 1/Port Fourchon Study," which assessed the national consequences of disruptions to LA 1, concludes that a 90-day closure of 7.1 miles along existing at-grade LA Highway 1 could result in up to an $7.8 billion loss in American gross domestic product. A concurrent 90-day closure of Port Fourchon as a result of the loss of this highway access would significantly reduce domestic oil and gas supplies for ten years following the closure.

This compelling study fortifies on the national level the need for a continuous, secure elevated highway from Golden Meadow, LA to the energy hub of Port Fourchon.


LA 1 Connects America to:

  • Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production
  • Significant American intermodal port - Port Fourchon
  • Billions of dollars in federal offshore revenues
  • Louisiana Offshore Oil Port
  • Thousands of miles of pipelines leading to American refineries
  • Hurricane Evacuation
  • Seafood Industry
  • Tourism Destinations
  • Grand Isle - Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island
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