Nov 1, 2011 7:57 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Advocates of upgrading La. Highway 1 from U.S. 90 to Port Fourchon are making another effort to win federal money for the project, which has a price tag of more than $1 billion.
For more than a decade, officials have pushed to improve La. 1, the only route to and from Port Fourchon, a national oil hub that serves as the supply point for more than half of all oil-and-gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. The highway is slowly sinking and routinely floods, but finding money for the large-scale upgrade has proved problematic for years.
The Courier reports this is the third attempt to win construction dollars from the $700 billion federal economic-stimulus measure. The two previous applications failed.