WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will receive a $45 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Replacement Project from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“The Belle Chase Bridge and Tunnel is an important access point to Plaquemines Parish for residents and those traveling to and from the Naval Air Station or other businesses located along Highway 23,” said Dr. Cassidy. “In addition, marine traffic navigating the Intracoastal Waterway must account for the bridge. Replacing both the bridge and tunnel is long overdue, so this grant is great news.”
In November, Cassidy and U.S. Representatives Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), and Clay Higgins (R-LA) urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to approve Louisiana DOTD’s grant application.