President to visit New Orleans, Lake Charles Thursday

President to visit New Orleans, Lake Charles Thursday
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Talking up his 2-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, President Joe Biden will visit New Orleans and Lake Charles on Thursday.

Biden will be outlining his plans to rebuild the nation’s bridges, highways, ports, and other infrastructure projects and assets.

No other details have come from the White House, but, according the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, Biden is likely to call for the removal of the I-10 elevated expressway over Claiborne Avenue.

Removing the elevated expressway has the support of newly elected Democrat congressional representative Troy Carter.

“We have to make sure we don’t swap one bad set of plans for another bad set of plans,” Carter is quoted by the paper. “The devil is in the details.”

No less important is numerous other retrofitting and rebuilding projects including upgrades to the Port of New Orleans and the dredging of the Mississippi River to a depth of 50-feet.

“In Louisiana there are 1,634 bridges and over 3,411 miles of highway in poor condition,” The paper quotes a White House fact sheet saying: “Since 2011, commute times have increased by 9.3% in Louisiana and on average, each driver pays $667 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair.”

In Lake Charles, decimated by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, there is a need for at least a billion dollars in damage needing repair and retrofitting.

Top-lining the list is the addition of a new bridge over the Calcasieu River in Lake Charles.

Replacing the bridge would cost reportedly $600-to-$900 million and another $500-million rebuilding the interstate on both sides of the span.

Joining Biden in the trip to the state is top advisor Cedric Richmond.