GLPC Receives Award from DOTD for Transportation Excellence

Executive Director Chett Chiasson (second from left) accepting award on behalf of GLPC with Commissioner and Board Secretary Mike Callais (second to right) and Dr. Shawn Wilson (far right), Secretary of Transportation, standing next to him.

(CUT OFF, LA) – GLPC attended a DOTD event on Monday, March 9, where they were given a 2020 Transportation Excellence Award for Intermodal/Public Works Project Development.
The award was a way of recognizing the efforts and execution of Port Fourchon’s Northern Expansion Phase II, Slip C, Phase III project that utilized GLPC dollars and funds from the state’s Port Priority Program.

“We are appreciative of this honor because it speaks to how well we work with DOTD and those involved directly with the Port Priority Program,” GLPC Executive Director Chett Chiasson said. “When approaching any application or project we pursue, it is always our intention to have a plan that benefits not only current and future tenants but our surrounding landscape as well.”

To that end, officials with DOTD are consistently impressed with how GLPC mitigates when performing their bulkhead expansions.

The Slip C project is a perfect example in which rich, dredged sediment was placed in a nearby open area of water to help develop a future Coastal Wetlands Park that will benefit the public in years to come.

“What we do is a reflection of who we are here at GLPC,” Chiasson said. “In particular, this Northern Expansion project was a way to showcase not only the way we can implement and construct 2,071 linear feet of new waterfront property, but how a project such as this can add environmental value to our area too.”

On hand to receive the award were Chiasson and Commissioner and Board Secretary Mike Callais.

With the newest expansion, Port Fourchon now has more than 75,000 LF of bulkhead.

According to Chiasson, the port continues to expand, primarily because of future projects on the books for numerous companies representing the oil and gas industry.

“When your tenants provide services and support for nearly 100 percent of deepwater offshore energy production out there, the need for more areas for expansion never ceases,” Chiasson said. “We are blessed to have tenants like we do, and we are also fortunate to have programs like this (Port Priority Program) that assist us in getting where we need to go.”

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