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Apr 16, 2013
Gov. Jindal Announces Capital Outlay Funding for Southeast Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the capital construction proposal for the next fiscal year (FY 2014), which includes millions in funding for projects in Southeast Louisiana. The proposal was submitted Monday to the Legislature in the form of House Bill 2.

Key projects include more than $35 million for University Medical Center in New Orleans, $20 million for the New Orleans Sports Arena in Orleans Parish, $10 million for New Orleans Exhibition Hall A renovations, $8.26 million for South Slidell Levee protection, and $40 million for LA 1 elevation and improvements in Lafourche Parish. The proposal also includes several higher education investment projects. Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across the state, including more than $225 million for Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses.

Governor Jindal said, “We are investing in a number of critical projects in Southeast Louisiana, including health care services, hurricane preparedness, coastal protection, higher education and tourism. By investing in these projects, we can help ensure that Southeast Louisiana remains not just a great place to live and work, but also a great place for travelers from around the globe to visit and experience our world-class culture and hospitality.”

Entertainment and Recreation Investments for Southeast Louisiana:
  • $20 million for planning and construction for the New Orleans Sports Arena in Orleans Parish;
  • $10 million for planning, construction and lease hold improvements for professional sports facilities in Jefferson and Orleans Parish;
  • $10 million for planning and construction for the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority,  Hall A renovations in Orleans Parish;
  • $4.5 million for planning, construction and land acquisition for the Bayou Segnette Festival Park in Jefferson Parish, with $4.1 million in Priority 5 funding, for a total investment of $8.6 million;
  • $7.5 million for Audubon 2020 Exhibits at The Audubon Institute in Orleans Parish;
  • $6.5 million for the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority planning and construction for property development in Orleans Parish, with $93.5 million in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $100 million;
  • $2.55 million in Priority 5 funding for planning and construction of City Park Maintenance Complex improvements in Orleans Parish;
  • $1.5 million for planning and construction and master planning for Behrman Park Improvements and a new soccer facility in Orleans Parish;
  • $935,000 for planning and construction of the St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier with $535,000 in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $1.47 million;
  • $1.25 million for planning and construction at the National World War II Museum for the Capitol Expansion Project, including parking, a sky bridge, Andrew Higgins Plaza, Train Station Experience and Canopy in Orleans Parish;
  • $465,000 for planning and construction for the Grand Isle Historic Recreation Center/ Community Center in Jefferson Parish.
Major Investments in Coastal Protection for Southeast Louisiana:
  • $4.13 million for planning and construction for South Slidell Levee Protection rehabilitation in St. Tammany Parish, with $4.13 million in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $8.26 million;
  • $5 million for Terry Parkway drainage between Carol Sue Drive and Industry Canal in Jefferson Parish, with $3 million in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $8 million;
  • $5 million for planning and construction for Highway 23 elevation of three miles of emergency route flood protection in Plaquemines Parish;
  • $2 million for infrastructure improvements at Charenton Canal Industrial Park in St. Mary Parish;
  • $1 million for planning and construction for breakwater protection in Jefferson Parish;
  • $500,000 for planning, construction and reconstruction of Charenton Beach Road from LA Highway 87 to West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee in St. Mary Parish.
Major Investments in Health Care for Southeast Louisiana:
  • $35.5 million for University Medical Center in New Orleans;
  • $11 million for planning, design and construction for the Eastern New Orleans Hospital;
  • $3 million for planning, construction and equipment for the Louisiana Cancer Research Center in New Orleans.
Additional Investments for Southeast Louisiana: 
  • $40 million in Priority 5 funding for LA 1 Improvements, Phase 2: planning, engineering, right of way, utilities and construction in Lafourche Parish;
  • $30 million in Priority 5 funding for planning and construction for the Peters Road Bridge and Extension in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish;
  • $1 million for renovations, additions, planning and construction of the former McDonogh School Relocation in Orleans Parish, with $5 million in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $6 million;
  • $425,000 for planning and construction of Talbot Hall renovations and roof replacement at Nicholls State University in Lafourche Parish, with $3.975 million in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $4.4 million;
  • $3.34 million for Ames Boulevard widening from two lanes to three lanes between Barataria Boulevard and Bayou Boeuf Drive in Jefferson Parish;
  • $1.25 million for acquisition, planning and construction for the Consolidated Law Enforcement Complex in Tangipahoa Parish;
  • $2.35 million for planning and construction for Lighthouse for the Blind Economic Development Project in Orleans Parish;
  • $1 million for improvements and expansion of the Computer Science and Technology Facility at Southeastern Louisiana University in Tangipahoa Parish;
  • $1.275 million for planning and construction of University Square Learning Center facilities in St. Tammany Parish, with $1.275 million in Priority 5 funding for a total investment of $2.55 million;
  • $1.47 million for drainage improvements, planning and construction to LA Highway 70 in St. Mary Parish;
  • $1.395 million for planning and construction for Cabildo Exterior restoration and repair in Orleans parish;
  • $1.26 million for improvements to  SLEC/Nicholls field and drainage in Lafourche Parish;
  • $1.2 million for planning and construction for Presbytere exterior restoration and repair in Orleans Parish;
  • $400,000 for renovations, land acquisition, site work, planning and construction of the Carrollton Community Center in Orleans Parish.
The Division of Administration’s Office of Facility Planning and Control annually prepares the capital outlay bill, submitting it to the Legislature on the eighth day of the legislative session.

 
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