$13 Million Transportation Grant for Port of South Louisiana Announced
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding a $13,410,662 million grant to the Port of South Louisiana in LaPlace to fund the Globalplex Multi-Modal Connections Project. Globalplex is a 335-acre maritime industrial park within the Port of South Louisiana’s jurisdiction and operated by Associated Terminals.
The project is expected to bring major repairs to current infrastructure, expanding the facility’s useful life for more than 20 years. It will also improve efficiency standards, allowing smoother vessel transportation and promoting agricultural exports within the state. As the largest tonnage port in North America, the POSL serves as a significant economic producer for the region and the nation.
This Louisiana project was one of just 55 awarded throughout the nation through the new, highly competitive Port Infrastructure Grant Program.
“Our ports are an integral component of our Nation’s economic success,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “As the Administration continues to invest in America’s infrastructure, this program will further modernize and improve the efficiency of our waterways.”
“The Port of South Louisiana is pleased to acknowledge being the recipient of a $13.4 million dollar multi-modal grant,” said Paul Aucoin, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana. “These grant funds will go a long way to assist the Port with many very important multi-modal projects. We want to thank Senator Cassidy, Senator Kennedy and Congressmen Scalise, Graves and Richmond for their support and assistance. The Port also appreciates the confidence Secretary Elaine Chao has in the Port in awarding us this multi-modal grant,”
Our Washington delegation played an integral part in securing the funding.
“I just received a call from Secretary Elaine Chao and personally had an opportunity to thank her and the Administration for the DOT Grant that will boost production in the River Parishes and the greater South Louisiana region. We have continued to advocate for the improvements on our navigational channels and the efforts have secured the recent $85 million provided to deepen the Mississippi River by 50 feet. These continued strategic investments will position the Port of Louisiana and the Mississippi River at an even greater competitive advantage on the global markets,” said Congressman Garret Graves.
“Louisiana’s ports are vital to ensure a thriving economy,” said U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. “This grant provides improvements to the Port of South Louisiana that will foster economic growth and vessel efficiency on the Mississippi River.”
“The Port of South Louisiana helps drive the state and national economies in a big way. I’m excited to see this grant create and protect jobs in LaPlace and around the region,” said Sen. John Kennedy, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The grant will fund the construction of a heavy load capacity floor in an existing bulk cargo warehouse, conveyor improvements, rehabilitation improvements on one of the park’s access roads, a rail spur connection, and a new dock access road and bridge to support the movement of heavy cargo at the Globalplex facility.