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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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New phase of LA 1 underway

New phase of LA 1 underway

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry headlined a gathering of state and local officials for a Thursday groundbreaking to mark the next segment of construction on the elevated Louisiana Highway 1 project between Leeville and Golden Meadow.

Hosted by the LA1 Coalition, the group spearheading fundraising efforts for the project and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), the ceremonies were held at the Leeville Seafood Restaurant.

In addition to Landry, remarks were also given by Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle, DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, Greater Lafourche Port Commission President Perry Gisclair, and LA 1 Coalition Treasurer Hank Danos.

Landry acknowledged the private contributions to the project in noting how the area always puts a little of “their own skin in the game” when it comes to funding local public works projects.

“In typical Lafourche fashion, the community came together and got it done with this project through the combined efforts of numerous agencies including the LA 1 Coalition, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, the South Lafourche Levee District and the Lafourche Parish Council, as well as the business community,” said Landry.

“It’s a great day as we begin the next phase of this critical infrastructure project for Lafourche and the nation,” said Henri Boulet, Executive Director of the LA 1 Coalition.

The current phase for Thursday’s groundbreaking consists of a 1,750-foot widening and a 390-foot extension of the existing structure to the north. This is the first segment of a multi-segment plan to construct the remaining 8.3 miles of highway that, once complete, will bring the elevated highway into the town limits of Golden Meadow.