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Port Fourchon plans for a busy year ahead

Port Fourchon plans for a busy year ahead

Many plans are in the works for Port Fourchon and the S.L. Leonard Miller. Jr. Airport including a new terminal building at the airport.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission plans for a busy year in 2014, as their projected budget shows several construction and improvement projects slated for Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport.

For 2014, the commission budget is expected to be slightly over $70 million, $26 million from tenant rent, which is an increase of two percent over last year, $24 million in grant income and $20 million in accrued savings.

“We’ll be busy over the next year meeting the needs of our customer and tenant base. We see a bright future for the port in the years ahead,” said Commission Executive Director Chett Chiasson.

Among the projects slated for the upcoming year include bulkhead and dredging work in Slip C. The project will encompass some 2,600 linear feet of bulkhead, 1400 feet on the west side of the slip and 1200 feet on the east side.

According to Chiasson, the $20 million price tag the project carries is the largest in the port’s history. Work began last month and completion is expected by the end of 2014.

Some $3 million has been budgeted for additional security around the port, including an upgrade of TWIC implementation as well as upgrades to the camera system. Four additional camera sites are expected to be put online in the coming year, adding eight additional cameras.

Once completed, all major intersections and roadways at the port will be under camera surveillance.

Work is also planned for construction of the South Lafourche storm harbor marina, which will be located just north of the Leon Theriot locks south of Golden Meadow.

The marina carries a price tag of some $1.5 million and will be located on the west side of Bayou Lafourche. It will serve as an emergency docking location for commercial fishermen in times of severe weather such as hurricanes and tropical storms. Plans call for a capacity of approximately 30 vessels and access will be allowed free of charge.

Improvements planned for the airport in Galliano include increased airplane parking and drainage capacity as well as planning and design work for a new terminal building slated for 2015.

Other budget construction highlights for 2014 include:

- A $4.3 million project to elevate N.J. Theriot Road by nearly three feet and improve the drainage on this section of highway;

- $1.2 million to raise and improve breakwaters off Fourchon Beach;

- $1.2 million to bucket dredge Slip D;

- $675,000 for Nerby Collins Marina bulkhead improvements;

- $500,000 for the purchase of a marsh buggy pontoon excavator to replace an older outdated one. The purchase will save the port some $400,000 on every upcoming dredging project.