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Post Date:05/25/2016 4:18 PM

May 25, 2016


Mathews, LA – Lafourche Parish Council members gave final approval on Tuesday to a federal grant application, that if approved, would apply to construction of a new three lane lift bridge over Bayou Lafourche that would cross the bayou just south of the bridge near the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galliano.  The grant would total some $16 million and is being applied for jointly between Lafourche Parish Government and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.  

Along with an additional $19 being kicked in from local commitments, the bridge would be built at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 308 and the access road to the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport.  Subsequently, it would connect on the west side of Bayou Lafourche with Louisiana Highway 1 as well as a half mile connector road to Louisiana Highway 3235.  

Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said the eventual project will be a boon to the local economy as it will give greater access to a corridor that is expecting to see growth.  “Once that bridge and connector road to the four lane is completed, workers, visitors as well as commerce will have a straight shot from the Galliano airport to the four lane highway and all points from there.  It will serve as a boost for development of the airport corridor which will lead to new businesses and jobs for the area,” he said.

Supporters are hoping that with the successful acquisition of this grant and construction of the bridge that some 1,200 acres along the airport road can be developed into an industrial corridor.  Some 10,000 passengers now fly into and out of the Galliano airport on a monthly basis.  A decision on the grant is expected in the fall. Greater Lafourche Port Commission Executive Director Chett Chiasson has a positive outlook about the grant’s chances.  “We’ve heard nothing but good things about the application.  We’re optimistic it will be funded,” he said.

                                           Lafourche Parish: Feeding and Fueling America

Contact: Doug Cheramie, II

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