LA 1 Project
The LA 1 Improvement Project is the result of a collaborative effort, sustained over decades, to elevate, harden, and improve the important highway infrastructure that leads to Port Fourchon.
Louisiana Highway 1 is the sole land route to Port Fourchon and barrier island Grand Isle, a federally designated High Priority Corridor, deemed critical energy infrastructure by U.S. Congress, and an evacuation route for areas vulnerable to coastal flooding.
Getting the LA 1 Project underway was a victory for Port Fourchon, the LA 1 Coalition, and the local Chamber of Commerce. Local residents, business leaders, and the port worked side by side to have this project developed, permitted, funded, and pushed through state agencies and the legislature for the benefit of Port Fourchon and other communities along the 17-mile stretch of highway. Ever mindful of the beautiful habitat in which we live and work, included in the project’s design is a state-of-the-art construction method that nearly eliminates environmental impacts.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has completed the first phase of construction of the LA 1 Elevated Expressway, resulting in eleven miles of elevated highway from Leeville to Port Fourchon. The first segment of Phase 1, the Tomey Doucet Bridge, opened to traffic on July 8, 2009, and the Leeville to Fourchon segment opened in 2011.
In Phase 2 of the LA 1 Improvement Project, the elevated highway from Fourchon to Leeville will stretch eight miles further to Golden Meadow, within the South Lafourche levee system. Phase 2 is now fully funded and is already under construction.
This additional segment of elevated highway, once completed, will provide:
- better evacuation routes during hurricane and flooding conditions for local residents and port tenant businesses,
- a more reliable transportation route for shipping,
- an opportunity for local tourism and recreational fishing to expand because of increased accessibility, and
- a safer, faster return to business in the Gulf post-storm.