BATON ROUGE – This afternoon, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke in Baton Rouge to a quarterly membership luncheon hosted by the Pelican Chapter for Associated Builders and Contractors. He talked about the benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including for contractors in the Baton Rouge area.
“Spoke to ABC Pelican Chapter about the advantages and opportunities coming to our state from the bipartisan infrastructure bill,” said Dr. Cassidy. “We’re getting more money for roads and bridges than we’ve ever had before. Money for flood mitigation, for coastal restoration, money to make sure everybody in Louisiana has access to high-speed affordable Internet.”
In early September, Cassidy announced that the City of Baton Rouge will receive nearly $60 million for highway expansion and improvements to existing infrastructure. Part of Airline Highway North will be expanded, and pedestrian and bus improvements will be made to Florida Boulevard.
Additionally, over $7 million was announced last month to replace 19 buses in East Baton Rouge Parish, with newer, better quality models. Finally, $100 million was awarded to Mexichem Flour, Inc. (dba Koura) to build the first U.S. manufacturing plant for lithium hexafluorophosphate at their existing flourochemical production site in St. Gabriel.
Cassidy was welcomed by Mr. David Helveston, President/CEO of the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
“We appreciate Senator Cassidy speaking at our luncheon today, as we highlight our members’ commitment to world-class safety on jobsites,” said Mr. Helveston. “For our members to grow their companies and hire more Louisiana residents, we need pro-growth policies coming from our leaders in Washington, D.C. We also need upgrades to infrastructure, so our state remains competitive in the global economy. We thank Senator Cassidy for addressing these challenges and we look forward to working with him in the future.