January 22, 2024

Cassidy Announces Third Largest INFRA Grant, $226 Million from Infrastructure Law for Port of New Orleans

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Port of New Orleans will receive $226,220,195.00 for the Louisiana International Terminal Project in St. Bernard Parish from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The massive grant is the largest federal investment in a new container terminal in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s history and the third largest INFRA Grant Award for this round.

“This money to build a new terminal in the Port of New Orleans is good for commerce, good for jobs, and good for coastal communities,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Because I had a seat at the table for the infrastructure law, Louisiana is punching above its weight in the funding coming to our state.”

“We are incredibly honored to receive this landmark grant award, which underscores decades of site and market analysis and reflects the recognition of our transformational project on a global scale,” said Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy Christian. “Not only is this the biggest economic development grant in Louisiana history, but also the largest federal investment in a new container terminal in USDOT history. We express our deepest appreciation to Louisiana’s federal delegation, state leadership and the Biden Administration for their confidence in our vision and look forward to delivering on this investment.”

This grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant Program which Cassidy’s infrastructure legislation allocated $7.25 billion over five years. The project will construct a new container terminal on the Gulf Coast for the Port of New Orleans that is not air-draft restricted. The project will include approximately 1,700-feet of wharf, two ramps to connect the wharf to the container yard, an automated stacking crane yard, utilities, storm drainage, all necessary buildings for operations, entry and exit gates, intermodal rail yard, realignment of the Norfolk Southern rail and realignment of St. Bernard Highway.

In December, Cassidy announced the Port of New Orleans received nearly $74 million from IIJA.