Feb 12, 2010 3:55 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced the award of three grants for bridge restoration projects in Southwest Louisiana.
Cameron Parish received a $930,919 grant for the West Big Burn Bridge Restoration project to create a new water control structure that will restore approximately 10,000 acres of marshes to pre-Hurricane Rita salinity and water levels.
Iberia Parish received two grants to engineer and design replacement bridges that will provide access to the Port of Iberia. A grant of $81,190 was awarded for the Iberia Bridge Replacement-Port Road over Commercial Canal, and a grant of $82,270 was awarded for the David Duboin Road over Commercial Canal.
"These sizeable and important grants will contribute to both critical coastal restoration and infrastructure work underway. I'm pleased to see projects like this that help our local communities," said Vitter.
The funds were awarded by the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.