Industry steps up to move LA-1 project forward ///

Thanks to a $6.6-million industry match, construction should begin, by early 2016, on a critical cog in the long-running effort to complete the elevated replacement for the antiquated—and often-impassable—Louisiana Highway 1 (LA-1) corridor. The latest, and northernmost, segment in Phase 2 of the LA-1 project involves the construction of a span over the South Lafourche Levee in Golden Meadow. That particular segment is imperative to provide the utility access necessary to complete the final two sections of the highway, said Henri Boulet, executive director of the 58-member LA-1 Coalition. For nearly 18 years, the private and public coalition has embarked on a concerted effort to acquire financing for, and complete, the segmented construction of an elevated highway to replace its often-closed predecessor, and provide a direct, storm-proof artery to Port Fourchon.

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