December 20, 2021
LA 1 Coalition's Efforts in 2021!
Contract Awarded to James Construction
for Phase 2 of the LA 1 Project
LA DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson executed a $463 million contract last month between the state and James Construction for construction of the much-anticipated 8.3-mile elevated highway from Golden Meadow to Leeville, known as Phase 2 of the LA 1 Improvement Project. (Highlighted in red, yellow and green in map below)

DOTD expects to issue the Notice to Proceed to James Construction by January 31, 2021. Following an assembly period, the contracted construction period of 1,740 calendar days will begin. On this schedule, the highway could be open in fall 2027. The LA 1 Coalition will provide updates on the construction timeline in 2022 and beyond, and the Coalition plans to host a groundbreaking ceremony in 2022 when construction begins.
"The execution of a contract for construction of Phase 2 is a milestone achievement for the Coalition, Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Lafourche Parish, the State of Louisiana, and all of the industry stakeholders who depend on a safe and reliable LA 1 to fuel and feed our nation. Thank you to Governor Edwards, Secretary Wilson, our federal and state delegation, and many local and industry partners who have worked with us for over two decades to make construction of this elevated highway between Golden Meadow and Leeville possible," said LA 1 Coalition Chairman Chett Chiasson.

In 2020, the LA 1 Phase 2 Project received a $135 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant Program for Phase 2 construction. Another $150 million of construction funding will come from BP Economic Damage monies which was committed in Act 443 of state’s 2019 Regular Legislative Session. Additional funds were pledged through the state Capital Outlay Program, from the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, from Lafourche Parish Government, from local landowners, several oil and gas companies, and the LA 1 Coalition.
Thank you to our Phase 2 Construction Funding Partners!
Partnerships have been critical to leverage state and federal funds for construction of Phase 2 of the LA 1 Improvement Project. The LA 1 Coalition extends special thanks to 23 corporations and governmental entities that have contributed funding matches for construction of this 8.3-mile section of elevated highway, which will complete the entire 19-mile elevated LA 1 corridor from Golden Meadow to Port Fourchon!
Greater Lafourche Port Commission
Edison Chouest Offshore
Lafourche Parish Government
LA 1 Coalition
Hess Corporation
Talos Energy, Inc.
W&T Offshore
Enven Energy Corp.
Murphy E&P Company
Cantium, LLC
Noble Energy
Arena Offshore, LP
Edward Wisner Donation Trust
Hornbeck Offshore
Caillouet Land Corp.
With Construction Funding Secured, LA 1 Coalition Now Focuses on Implementing Industry Match Payments
Since 1997 when the LA 1 Coalition was formed, this organization has been working diligently for federal and state recognition of the value of the LA 1 Corridor and to secure funding and complete construction of a new elevated highway from Golden Meadow to Port Fourchon. While the last leg of this journey begins, the important work of the LA 1 Coalition continues.

Over the next ten years, the Coalition will be facilitating industry match payments to LA DOTD for construction of Phase 2. These pledged matches from partners listed above played a critical role in the project receiving the largest federal INFRA grant awarded by the U.S. DOT in 2020. Remittance of these match payments has been calculated into a complex construction financing plan by LA DOTD, which includes funding from federal, state, parish, port industry and nonprofit sources.
Your Membership in the LA 1 Coalition Is Vital to
Ensuring that our Mission is Accomplished.
Thank you for your continued support!
Executive Director Henri Boulet Expands Role
with Morganza Action Coalition
As the LA 1 Coalition transitions from federal and state funding advocacy for project construction to implementation of the project's construction finance plan, Executive Director Henri Boulet will be transitioning as well.

Beginning January 1, 2022, Boulet will continue to manage this new focus of the LA 1 Coalition, while also expanding his work as Executive Director of the Morganza Action Coalition (MAC).
MAC advocates for another significant regional infrastructure initiative - the 96-mile levee, floodgate and lock system known as the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Sysem. Created in 2006 by regional business leaders, MAC was actually modeled after the success of the LA 1 Coalition.

In his expanded role as MAC Executive Director, Boulet will continue to work with Terrebonne and Lafourche levee districts, parish governments, the LA CPRA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the buildout of the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System, which protects over 200,000 residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes and significant industry facilities vital to our economic sustainability and job retention in the industry sectors of fisheries, energy, coastal restoration and eco-tourism.
The LA 1 Coalition is organized for coordinating, providing, and disseminating public information in relation to improving the highway system between Grand Isle and U.S. Highway 90.  
The LA 1 Coalition is a 501(c)(4) organization. Donations are not tax deductible. 
The LA 1 Coalition is located within the offices of the South Louisiana Economic Council on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Executive Director is Henri Boulet.