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Port Fourchon budgets for a busy year ahead

Port Fourchon budgets for a busy year ahead

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission plans for a busy year in 2015 as their projected budget for the coming year shows several construction and improvement projects slated for Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport.

For 2015, the commission budget is expected to be $78.6 million, an increase of some 11 percent over the 2014 budget.

Over $28 million of the projected budget will be sourced from tenant rent in 2015, while $16 million is expected to come from grants and $4.3 million from ad valorem taxes. The bulk of the remainder is slated to come from accrued savings.

“We have an exciting 2015 planned as we work to meet the needs of our customer and tenant base,” said Commission Executive Director Chett Chiasson.

Among the projects highlighted for the upcoming year include bulkhead work at Slip C. A $28 million project will place over 5,400 feet of linear bulkhead at the slip.

A little over $1 million has been budgeted for beginning work on the dredging of Slip D. The eventual price tag on this dredging will run to some $15 million.

Over $3.7 million has been budgeted for drainage work as well as the elevation of Nolty J. Theriot road, a major thoroughfare in the port.

Some $1 million is planned for the placement of 18 mooring dolphins at the port, which will provide critically needed docking space for vessels.

$2 million has also been budgeted in 2015 for the dredging of Bayou Lafourche adjacent to Port Fourchon. According to port officials, once this dredging work is complete, that segment of waterway will be turned over to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permanent maintenance.

In addition, $1.5 million has been budgeted for a deep draft study near C Port to determine the feasibility of dredging the area to a depth of 35 to 50 feet.

Additionally, some $1.2 million is slated to go towards the upgrade and repair of 12 rock breakwater jetties at Fourchon Beach that were damaged during Hurricane Isaac.

Improvements planned for the airport in Galliano include over $3 million for apron expansion, which will allow for more aircraft parking as well as $2 million for a new terminal building.

An additional $1 million has been budgeted for three 200-feet by 60-feet box hangars for aircraft storage and maintenance. Some $900,000 is also expected to be spent on a project to upgrade the pumping system at the airport’s internal levees.