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In what could be seen as an ironic twist, fallout from the 2010 Macondo oil spill could deliver the long-sought funds needed to help complete the elevated replacement of a rapidly sinking, and often-impassable, Lafourche Parish highway that provides the only access to the strategic deepwater hub of Port Fourchon.
In late February, litigation over the oil dispersed into the Gulf of Mexico from the Macondo blowout began playing out in a New Orleans federal court, against BP and its co-defendants. As the proceedings are expected to result in hefty fines, under the U.S. Clean Water Act, an oft-frustrated southern Louisiana alliance has its collective fingers crossed that a considerable portion of the federal penalties will be earmarked to help fund the segmented Phase II of the Louisiana Highway 1 Improvement Project.
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